Madonna has been mocked on social media for sharing a video of her adopted son David Banda dancing to Michael Jackson, which she posted in ‘tribute’ to George Floyd, whose death has sparked riots in the U.S. and outcry across the world.
On Thursday, the singer, 61, shared the clip of Banda, 14, dancing to They Don’t Care About Us, which some Twitter users felt was misjudged.
Madonna’s caption read: ‘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.’
Misjudged: Madonna has been mocked over her ‘tribute’ to George Floyd after she posted a video of her son David Banda dancing to Michael Jackson on Thursday
While the post appeared to have had good intentions, it quickly drew widespread criticism on Twitter with users who began to mock the star.
Outrage has erupted across the nation over the shocking footage that showed George Floyd, 46, being pinned down by a cop in Minneapolis as he gasped for air, and it appears many found Madonna’s video to be ‘out of touch.’
‘Wow. Racism is gone. Thank you girl.’ one user responded sarcastically, which received over 16,000 likes. While another joked: ‘I really appreciate you for allowing your son to dance away the racism for us.’
Mocked: Many twitter users found Madonna’s video to be misjudged, and began sarcastically responding on Twitter
Tone deaf: Others questioned her use of Michael Jackson’s music, given his troubled legacy
Taking aim: The response to Madonna’s tweet quickly became sarcastic
No laughing matter: Other tweets mocked Madonna for staging the video with her son
Twitter storm: The post did seem to get the reaction the singer had hoped
Tone deaf: Another twitter accused Madonna of not being able to ‘read the room’
Awkward: Some users found Madonna’s ‘tribute’ to be ‘uncomfortable’ to watch
Others took aim at the pop star for staging the video, mocking her with comments including: ‘I really appreciate you for allowing your son to dance away the racism for us.’
One tweet read: ‘Madonna is literally out of touch with reality.’
White police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was filmed on Monday pinning the black man to the ground by his neck (left) leaving him dying minutes later.
As well as a global outrage over the incident, many celebrities have been posting on their social media accounts calling for action.
‘Tribute’: Madonna’s post appeared to have been well-intentioned but didn’t sit well with a lot of people who said sarcastically that ‘racism has now gone’
Spirited: Madonna’s son put on an impressive dance routine for the video, but it did not seem to go down well with many users on Twitter
Madonna had made previous posts about the story, sharing footage from the incident and sending prayers to the family of Mr Floyd, as well as writing ‘F**k The Police!’
On Thursday, the Mayor of Minneapolis says he believes Floyd would still be alive today if he had been white, as it’s revealed the 46-year-old black man was arrested, pinned to the ground, and ‘murdered’ by cops for allegedly trying to pay at a local deli with a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd, a father of two, died on Monday night after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes in an incident that was captured on video and has sparked violent protests and riots in the city that left one looter dead.
Shocking: Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck while the handcuffed suspect repeatedly cried out that he couldn’t breathe and ultimately suffocated
Angry: People have been rioting in Minneapolis ever since they learned of Floyd’s death
His love: George pictured with his Courtney Ross has said the Minneapolis riots would ‘devastate’ him as a police station is set alight in the city’s third night of violence
In widely circulated footage of his arrest, Floyd was seen on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back as white officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the pavement until he lost consciousness and later died.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the co-owner of Cup Foods deli, broke his silence revealing one of his employees had called the police after Floyd allegedly handed them a bogus bill.
Minneapolis Police said Floyd had been suspected of forgery however, they have not publicly confirmed whether or not he was using counterfeit bills.
It comes after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he considers Floyd’s public killing to be murder.
‘I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear. The arresting officer killed someone,’ he told CBS. ‘He’d be alive today if he were white.’
‘The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.’
Madonna adopted her son David, from Malawi, in 2006 when he was 13 months old.
She is also mother to Lourdes Leon, 23, Rocco, 19, adopted daughter Mercy, 14, and twin adopted daughters Estere and Stelle, seven.
Family: Madonna and son David Banda in 2016