Madonna is facing some harsh criticism after posting a video of her son dancing to the late Michael Jackson and labeling it a tribute to George Floyd. The Queen of Pop shared the dedication on Thursday, May 28, just three days after the unarmed 46-year-old black man lost his life while pleading for help as a white officer pinned him to the ground. The tragic incident has sparked outrage all over the country, but many are choosing to focus on Madonna’s latest mishap.
Posting a clip of her fourteen-year-old son, David Banda, whom she adopted from Malawi in 2006, dancing to Michael Jackson’s 1995 hit “They Don’t Care About Us.” The video lasts a little over three minutes with David busting out his best Michael Jackson-inspired moves. Showing her son barefoot and dressed down in track pants and a t-shirt, Madonna’s caption states that not only is his dance for George Floyd, but it’s taking a stance on racism everywhere.
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“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,” the “Like a Prayer” singer controversial video caption read. The Grammy-winner also included the hashtags, ” #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson.” Almost immediately after posting, the backlash followed with several leaving comments claiming it’s an appropriate tribute given Michael Jackson’s past history.
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“I love and respect the support and dancing in honor for George Floyd….however let’s not forget the lives of young boys #michaeljackson ruined by years of sexual abuse,” one person wrote. “His music may be powerful but he was a sick bad man. His music should remind people of the horrible and disgusting things he did and not be used for such an awful situation…”
April Reign, who created the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, got angry over Madonna’s post for a different reason.
Putting the singer in her place, the respected diversity advocate replied, “Nobody asked Madonna to weigh in today. Not a soul. Unforced errors among public figures have been rampant this month.” Loyal fans came to Madonna’s defense over the criticism. “Did Madonna ask you to weigh in, April? If not her, who?” someone hit back. “Madonna’s heart is/was in the utmost right place and y’all reaching,” one beloved follower wrote. “As a Canadian I think there are bigger issues in America to be outraged about other than Madonna and her son,” added another.
Nobody asked Madonna to weigh in today. Not a soul.
Unforced errors among public figures have been rampant this month. pic.twitter.com/DNOkNCG7at
— April is at ABFF (@ReignOfApril) May 29, 2020