June 11, 2020
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During his emotional performance at the memorial service for George Floyd, Ne-Yo made a statement that has sparked controversy.
“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.”
These were the words spoken by the singer-songwriter while on stage during the program. After his remarks, the father-of-four struggled to hold back tears as he performed an acapella version of “How Do I Say Goodbye” at the June 9th service.
Despite the moving performance, many viewers could not get past Ne-yo’s use of the word “sacrifice” and thought it was of poor taste.
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
Ne-Yo was one of many big-name performers, speakers, and attendees on the program from Monday’s service which was held in Houston Texas.
Also included was Rev. Al Sharpton who gave a powerful eulogy.
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