Madonna Fans Divided Over Her Son David Banda’s George Floyd Video

by Jeremy Spirogis

Madonna determined to make use of her platform in assist of the late George Floyd, however it didn’t fairly go in response to plan. On May 25, video surfaced of Minneapolis law enforcement officials subduing Floyd with their knees urgent into his neck, whereas Floyd stated he couldn’t breathe, and later died. The incident highlighted ongoing issues about police violence.

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On May 28, Madonna posted a video of her son David Banda dancing to Michael Jackson’s music “They Don’t Care About Us.” However, responses to the video referred to as out Madonna herself. 

David Banda danced in protest of George Floyd’s dying and Madonna shared it 

People world wide are upset about Floyd’s dying so they’re talking out in their very own methods. Banda’s type of expression was dance. Jackson launched the music in 1995 in response to the violence he noticed in that decade, and a number of the lyrics go, “Skin head, dead head, everybody gone bad. Situation, aggravation, everybody allegation. In the suite, on the news, everybody dog food. Bang bang, shot dead, everybody’s gone mad.”

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Madonna and David Banda Amos Gumulira/AFP through Getty Images

The music itself turned controversial as a result of later verses included some anti-Semitic slurs. Jackson apologized and adjusted the lyrics, in addition to reissuing the album HIStory. Madonna’s tweet learn, “Brutal homicide travels world wide my son David Dances to honor and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that occur every day in America. #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson

People thought the tweet didn’t assist George Floyd or his household in any respect

Backlash in opposition to Madonna and Banda’s protest video took many kinds. Some had been merely confused, however others accused the singer of being misguided and even willfully egocentric. This user discovered the video performative with out truly serving to.

“To make it crystal clear to those who don’t understand the negative response from black people to this video,” @thinkkingjay wrote. “In 2020 we are way passed sentimental gestures, dancing to MJ song about race does ABSOLUTELY nothing, like seriously nothing. It may comfort you but not us!”

Author Frederick Joseph criticized the video, but in addition referred to as on Madonna to place her cash the place her tweet was.

Reign of April created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to protest the exclusion of deserving artists of colour within the nominations. April has been tweeting about Floyd and the Minnesota police all week, however she urged Madonna shouldn’t have stated something in any respect.

This user wrote, “So your tone deafness extends beyond your music I see.”

Former NBA participant Rex Chapman referred to as it “a weird take.”

This user thought Madonna was simply searching for consideration. “You don’t get it do you Madge?” @67Dogsbody wrote. “This is not a marketing opportunity for you and yours.”

Other Madonna and David Banda followers bought the message 

Madonna and Banda obtained some assist for his or her video, as a result of many customers thought the message of the Jackson music and Banda’s efficiency raised consciousness for Floyd.

This user defended Madonna and Banda. “It’s a shame to read these comments full of hate,” @SiskaTorben wrote. “Shame on you… Thank you @madonna for voicing your opinion and spreading love. David is so gifted. And you all the time sticking your neck out in opposition to sexism homophobia racism… I can go on…”

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George Floyd protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Kerem Yucel/AFP through Getty Images

This user discovered the message of Jackson’s music nonetheless related. “Message of the song : they don’t really care about us,” @smapula3 wrote. “Even Michael danced to it. Y’all destructive about every little thing. This vid just isn’t even ment to resolve however ship a message.

This user agreed.  “Thank you Madonna for posting this,” @hellojerome wrote. “Because we know the message behind this song, it is a very powerful choice and it brought tears. Your son is amazingly talented and beautifully expressive. God bless.”

On May 29, Madonna tweeted again in assist of individuals protesting over Floyd’s dying.

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