Ne-Yo Faces Backlash After Thanking George Floyd For His “Sacrifice” While Performing At His Funeral
Memorial services have been held for George Floyd in other cities including, North Carolina and Minneapolis. One public figure in attendance was Reverend Al Sharpton who spoke at the funeral today (June 9). The emotional service included gospel singers Minister Kurt Carr and his praise team and Kim Burrell.
Ne-Yo performed at George Floyd’s funeral today, and while he was about to perform another song he spoke about Mr. Floyd and how his death has impacted him. However, the statement that he made did not sit well with some people on social media. Ne-Yo reflected on Mr. Floyd’s death saying,
“50 states are protesting at the same time, this man changed the world. I just want to thank George Floyd for the sacrifice so my kids can be alright. I appreciate the sacrifice, I really do.”
So, here’s what Neyo said: pic.twitter.com/gqMffgbpTj
— Baetoven. ? (@88Keys_No_Locks) June 9, 2020
Following his statement, Ne-Yo got emotional when he sang Boyz II Men’s hit single “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in honor of Mr. Floyd.
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) June 9, 2020
Some twitter users were not impressed with Ne-Yo’s “sacrifice” statement and proceeded to drag him. See the reactions below.
Neyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be alright…?
I want y’all to stick with your talents and shut up about everything else.
— Shelone (@KkHotCommodity) June 9, 2020
Did Neyo just call the murder of George Floyd…a sacrifice? pic.twitter.com/UclO1uqtFW
— ??arena (@MarenaxoxoLOL) June 9, 2020
Neyo said I’d like to thank George Floyd for his sacrifice . If you don’t get you bald head retarded ass on nigga
— kev (@K_Scales1116) June 9, 2020
#Neyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be safe..??
Some of those celebrities really need to be quiet because , whew Chile ! pic.twitter.com/CrTjqIyAiM
— Kaï (@kaioumar) June 9, 2020
I just saw a clip of Neyo saying he'd like to thank George Floyd for his sacrifice.
What sacrifice Neyo? George Floyd was murdered, he didn't give his life to for anyone his life was take from everyone.
Why are celebrities even talking……
— ? Black Professor ? (@WonderKing82) June 9, 2020
Neyo just thanked George Floyd for sacrificing his life? George woke up that morning ready to SACRIFICE HIS LIFE?!? Neyo.. pic.twitter.com/0z59gFa45Y
— ? (@I_BeQueQue) June 9, 2020
— Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) June 9, 2020
Neyo – I would like to Thank George Floyd for his sacrifice …..
— KEVAIN (@_KVain) June 9, 2020
— official.cartier.j (@AyakoJeffery) June 9, 2020
Neyo out here talm bout he thanks George Floyd for the sacrifice ? So that his kids can live in peace ? George did not ask to lose his life to be the sacrifice to ABOLISH police brutality and racial injustice. Can somebody tell these celebrities to STFU!!! #neyo pic.twitter.com/6vEXx7W1Km
— solidbearnc (@solidbearnc) June 9, 2020
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