Cher Is Mocked as a ‘White Savior’ for Bizarre Tweet Claiming She Might Have Prevented George Floyd’s
Andrew Court, Daily Mail, April 3, 2021
Cher has been mocked as a ‘white savior’ for saying she could have helped prevent the death of George Floyd.
The music icon made the remark in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers Friday as she watched the televised murder trial of Derek Chauvin – the cop accused of killing Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
‘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,’ Cher tweeted.
The Turn Back Time crooner, 74, was promptly slammed for her sentiment, with critics accusing her of making a tone-dead remark that was insulting to those who had taken the stand to say how they had tried to stop Floyd’s death from occurring.
‘I love my Cher but oof. That was a little too white savior complex for me. I know she means well and probably doesn’t understand but..honey…no,’ one wrote.
Another raged: ‘This is significantly underplaying what witnesses who testified TRIED to do to stop his death. There have been MULTIPLE testimonies of everyone from a firefighter to an MMA fighter to a senior man who attempted to diffuse the situation. Singing songs doesn’t erase racism, Cher.’
Others appeared amused by Cher’s sentiment, with one comparing it to Kendall Jenner’s infamous 2017 Pepsi add in which she helped quash tensions between police and protesters by handing an officer a can of Pepsi.
Another quipped: ‘If only Cher could turn back time!’
However, there were dozens of others who defended the singer, saying her heart was in the right place.
‘Y’all need to stop. Cher is an ally. She feels what decent people feel, I wish I could’ve saved #GeorgeFloyd. Can we not blur the line in the sand, please?’ one fan pleaded.
Another concurred, stating: ‘It’s crazy how many misunderstood Cher’s tweet. She’s not talking about being a celeb or savior – but the helplessness we all feel repeatedly watching Mr. Floyd suffer & die. We want to reach through the TV screen. We want to go back in time. We want to save him. ‘If only …”
A third person chimed in stating: ‘I think she is trying to express sadness but it came off the wrong way.’
Cher has not responded the controversy, and her tweet has not been deleted.
The Moonstruck actress has made multiple headlines in recent years due to her Twitter presence.
She frequently used the platform to hit out President Trump, tweeting that he was a ‘cheap thug’, ‘a troll’ and comparing him to Hitler.
Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing a handcuffed Floyd last May by pinning his knee on the 46-year-old black man´s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face down.