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Cher Apologises Over 'Not Appropriate' George Floyd Tweet

Claire Reid


Cher Apologises Over 'Not Appropriate' George Floyd Tweet

Featured Image Credit: PA

Cher has apologised for causing offence after she tweeted about the death of George Floyd.

The 74-year-old sparked quite a backlash online after she posted a tweet which read: "Was talking with Mom & She Said 'I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried'.

"I Said 'Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking .....Maybe If I'd Been There,... I Could've Helped [sic]."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The singer came under fire for the post, with social media users accusing her of having a 'white saviour complex' and others saying she was behaving in a 'self-serving' manner that won't have any impact on the issues that lead to Floyd's death.

One person wrote: "We as white women just need to be careful that we don't make ourselves the star of the story. I'm sure you didn't intend that, but it can come across that way."

While another asked: "No one is arguing the intention wasn't good, but maybe you should try to see why it was problematic? Even if your [heart] was in the right place."

In response to the backlash, Cher deleted the tweet and then posted another in which she apologised for her comments.

She wrote: "I Just got off phone With Friend Karen. Told her what Happened, & Realized, You Can P*** Ppl Off, & Hurt Them By Not Knowing Everything That's 'NOT Appropriate' To Say.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I know Ppl Apologize When They're In a Jam, BUT TO GOD, IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community. I Know My [red heart emoji] [sic]."

Cher posted the tweets as Floyd's murder trial enters its second week.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.

The harrowing footage showed a handcuffed Floyd repeatedly saying: "I can't breathe."

The incident sparked mass outrage and worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Chauvin is currently on trial facing second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

If Chauvin is convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Three other police officers - Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao - were there when Floyd was arrested and have since been fired.

They will face trial in August on aiding and abetting charges.

Topics: Celebrity, George Floyd

Claire Reid
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