Was Neyo’s comments about Floyd being a “sacrifice,” inappropriate, tone-deaf, or just poorly worded?
R&B superstar singer-songwriter and World of Dance judge Ne-Yo broke down twice while struggling through an a cappella rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” at George Floyd’s funeral service, held Tuesday at the Fountain of Praise Church in Floyd’s hometown of Houston.
It appears to some Ne-Yo sang from his heart, others felt he was a little rusty with the vocals. But it was what he said before his performance that sparked major backlash online.
But is what he said really that bad?! Well read for yourself and you decide!
“Fifty states are protesting at the same time. This man changed the world — changed the world for the better. So, I just want to personally thank George Floyd for his sacrifice, so that my kids can be all right later on. I appreciate the sacrifice, my brother, I genuinely do.”
Now we all know he’s referring to how the shocked he was about the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who was killed after white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, on May 25th. Floyd’s death fired up worldwide protests against police brutality and brought focus on having the conversation about racism.
At Floyd’s memorial service, applause broke out the moment immediately when Ne-Yo began to sing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” a song originally sung by G.C. Cameron. Neyo broke down a few times. But the crowd encouraged him to keep going. And he did ending with a soft “God bless,” and left the stage.
Was Neyo really breaking down or was he a little rusty on the mic and was just trying to get it over with?!
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