Madonna tried to pay tribute to late George Floyd respectfully, but soon become a trending topic on social media for being insensitive.
The 61-year-old pop star shared a video of 14-year-old son David Banda dancing to Michael Jackson’s song “They Don’t Care About Us” along with the caption: “As news of George Floyd’s brutal murder travels around the world my son David dances to honor and pay tribute to George and his family and all acts of racism and discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America.”
However, social media users didn’t receive this message well and criticized the singer for being out of touch.
“A bit insensitive as you’re a person with a platform to voice their concern, you should be doing a lot more”, one tweet read. “Having your adopted black son dance ain’t going to force change to happen.”
“Good intentions but completely tone-deaf. Dancing away the racism of murderous cops won’t actually do anything. But thanks for trying!”, another person wrote.
George Floyd died after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck during his arrest. After calling the footage of the incident the “most sickening, heartbreaking thing I’ve seen in a long time”, Madonna also spoke about the police officers involved.
“This officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and pride. This has to stop!! Until we can overcome racism in America—no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops. God bless you George Floyd Im so sorry for you and your family. And all the senseless killings that have gone before you. Will it ever end? I pray to GOD it does one day”, she wrote on Instagram.
“Until then—F–k the police! Yea I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in justice”, she added.