Cher slammed for 'White savior complex' amid Derek Chauvin trial: 'George Floyd's murder isn't about you'

Cher took to Twitter to say how when watching the trial on television, she kept wondering if she could have helped Floyd had she been on the scene at the time of his death


                            Cher slammed for 'White savior complex' amid Derek Chauvin trial: 'George Floyd's murder isn't about you'
Cher is being accused of making the George Floyd killing about herself (Getty Images)
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On most days, people usually like Cher. But on some days, she invites not just mockery and ridicule but also fury from social media users. It was one such day when Cher took to Twitter to say how when watching the Derek Chauvin murder trial on television, she kept wondering if she could have helped George Floyd had she been on the scene at the time of his death. 

Ever since she tweeted this, Cher has been at the receiving end of criticism, with many called her out for making Floyd's death all about herself while others slammed her for acting like a "White savior".  

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Cher arrives for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The 2018 honorees are: singer and actress Cher; composer and pianist Philip Glass; Country music entertainer Reba McEntire; and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. This year, the co-creators of Hamilton¬ writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire will receive a unique Kennedy Center Honors as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category. (Getty Images)

"Was talking With Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd,& Cried,'" Cher wrote on her social media. "I Said ‘Mom,I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY,But.. I Kept Thinking .....Maybe If I’d Been There,...I Could’ve Helped."

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Shortly before she shared this, Cher wrote on Twitter, "Watching D.Chauvin Trial & Cant HELP CRYING 4 George Floyd.Any Human Being Can See Derek Chauvin Digging His Knee Into George’s NECK,For 9+ Mins.Until Chauvin Crushed The Life Out Of Can See CHAUVIN Rock His Knee Putting MORE PRESSURE ON GEORGE’S NECK.LOOK IN HIS EYES WAS." In another tweet, she wrote, "Watching D.Chauvin Trial,& The Look On His Face As He Dug His Knee In2 George’s Neck,Was Devoid Of Emotion.He Didn’t Care. He Had The Weight Of His Body On The Neck Of a Fellow Human Being (Calling 4 His Mom)For 9+Min. As He Crushed The Life Out Him.Ppl Cried Out “Stop”.I Cried."

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Soon many on social media called her out for sharing the tweet. Twitter users noted that the tweet not only pointed to Cher's White savior complex but also downplayed the efforts of the witnesses who were testifying at the trial. "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," a user pointed out to her.

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Users pointed out "it’s the yt saviour complex for me there’s still time to delete this..." Another commenter wrote, "Cher love your music but George Floyd's murder isn't about you. This matter is way above you this is about Police Brutality. How Police use deadly force against people of Color. Just because your Cher doesn't mean you have the power to stop this." Another user said, "i love you cher but your white savior complex is showing."

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Still, there were many who supported Cher's ideas in the tweets, which was also not something Twitter users appreciated. "It’s the wypipo cheering you on in the comments for me," one said. "“I wish I could’ve put on my white savior cape and fly to rescue an innocent black man," another user mocked her.


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