Madonna slammed after sharing 'insensitive' tribute following George Floyd's death

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Following the death of George Floyd, social media was flooded with tributes for the 46-year-old who was held down by a police officer's knee for nine minutes.

He passed out on the ground after pleas to be released, saying he couldn’t breathe, and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Now, Madonna has taken to Twitter to share her own tribute to George, however, it's getting attention for all the wrong reasons.

Madonna is being slammed for her 'insensitive' tribute to George Floyd. Photo: Getty

The 61-year-old shared a video of her son David Banda, 14, dancing to Michael Jackson's They Don't Really Care About Us.

She captioned 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. #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson."

Twitter users quickly began mocking the well-intentioned video, with one person writing: "Wow. Racism is gone. Thank you girl."

Another sarcastically added: "Thank you so much. I’m so glad he was able to stomp out racism with this deeply moving tribute. Y’all’s hard work and sacrifice to the cause...how can we ever repay you?"

Someone else wrote: "I felt so uncomfortable watching this."

However, the comments on the same video on Instagram were much more positive with one user writing: "I looooove this!" Another said, "So good David."

"So talented... so beautiful,” another person added.

The four officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd were sacked after a video of the incident went viral. The FBI has been called to investigate the matter.

Philonise Floyd, George's brother has described him to CNN as a "gentle giant" who wouldn't "hurt anybody".

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