*Madonna and her son David Banda wanted to join the global outrage over the police killing of George Floyd in the form of a tribute, but their approach had her dragged all across Twitter on Friday.
Banda, now a young black man who was adopted as a toddler from Malawi, danced to Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” in honor of Floyd. He even incorporated MJ’s signature moves, with Madonna captioning the video, “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.”
While Banda’s dance tribute itself was largely viewed as heartfelt and honest, and many thanked Madonna and Banda for the tribute and use of MJ’s socially-conscious song, the majority of folks saw a disrespectful disconnect. Twitter user Carmine Sabia’s sarcastic thoughts seemed to be the most representative of those who mocked the post. He wrote, “Now that Madonna has posted a video of her son dancing racism is over, George Floyd has peace, justice will be served and the riots will stop. This is what everyone was waiting for.”
Meanwhile, Twitter user Professor Darren Hutchinson was among those who came to Madonna and Banda’s defense, tweeting, “Twitter is such a vicious world. He’s a kid. He wanted to do something expressive. Some of you are too young to know the lyrics to the Michael Jackson song. Listen to them. Whatever you think about his mom….he’s a kid. Chill, Twitter.”
Watch the video below or click here to view on Twitter.
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. #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson pic.twitter.com/wLa6YKrYF1
— Madonna (@Madonna) May 28, 2020