Singer Madonna has been heavily criticized on social media for sharing a video of her son dancing to a Michael Jackson song to honor George Floyd and protest “all acts of racism”.
The video, which was tweeted on Thursday, shows 14-year-old David Banda, who plays passionately and raises a fist after Jackson’s 1995 protest hymn “They Don’t Care About Us”.
“Brutal murder travels the world, my son David Dances, to honor and honor George and his family and all acts of racism and discrimination that take place every day in America,” wrote Madonna along with the trend hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.
While her intentions were classy, the clip and caption on Twitter sparked mixed emotions, with some criticizing the singer “Like A Prayer” for being deaf and “touchless.”
“I really appreciate that you allowed your son to dance racism away for us,” read one person’s snappy reply.
“Wow. Racism is gone,” repeated another. “Thank you girl.”
I really appreciate that you allowed your son to dance racism away for us.
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Former NBA star Rex Chapman called the tribute “perhaps the worst tweet ever” and wrote: “Come dance in the kitchen because of racism” is a strange attitude. “
Some accused the pop icon of forcing her son to dance for the camera so that she could post it online, although the video doesn’t show how the performance came about.
“‘David is coming and dancing for your people'”, several people imagined, as she said.
Others were less critical, pointing to the song’s current message, and praising Madonna and her son for the gesture.
“Thank you for posting this. Most people don’t even recognize or hear the words he danced to,” wrote one person. “They don’t listen, they don’t listen, they make a split judgment with their eyes. That’s what’s wrong with this country. My heart hurts worse tonight than ever before.”
On Wednesday, Madonna called Floyd’s viral footage – showing a white policeman kneeling on the back of his neck despite pleading “I can’t breathe” – “the most disgusting, heartbreaking thing [I’ve] seen for a long time. “
The four police officers involved in the arrest were released after Floyd died on Monday and the video of the encounter was circulated, but many are demanding more justice. Unrest and looting have been moving into Minneapolis since Tuesday night.
“This officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and pride,” Madonna wrote on Instagram. “It has to stop !! Until we can overcome racism in America – nobody should be allowed to carry a weapon. Especially police officers.”
Madonna is one of several celebrities to express her outrage at Floyd’s murder. Other entertainers who speak after his death are Beyoncé, John Boyega, Ava DuVernay, Taylor Swift, Gabrielle Union, Cardi B., Cynthia Erivo, Lupita Nyong’o, Demi Lovato, Viola Davis, Janelle Monáe and many more .
“God bless you George Floyd I’m so sorry for you and your family,” Madonna continued. “And all the pointless murders that have passed before you. Will it ever end?”