Madonna has divided opinion after she shared a video of her son dancing to Michael Jackson to “honour” George Floyd, who died after he was pinned to the ground by his neck by a police officer.
In the clip, David Banda is seen dancing to Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us, which the singer posted in “tribute” to Floyd.
His tragic death on Monday once again raised the issue of police brutality towards Black people and has led to several nights of unrest in Minneapolis and outcry across the world.
Gallery: The week in entertainment history - May 24-30 (Photos)
May 24, 1895: Henry Irving is knighted
Irving became the first actor to be knighted for his achievements and services to the stage. The Englishman began his career in 1856 in Sunderland, England, and, after a while, rose to fame with his performances in Edinburgh, Scotland. But the biggest boost to his career came in 1871 when he began working at Lyceum Theatre in London, England, which he also later managed.
Madonna blasted for video of son dancing in honour of George Floyd
Madonna has come under fire for sharing a video of her son dancing to Michael Jackson to honour a black man whosedeath in police custody has sparked outrage in the US. George Floyd died this week, with a video showing him struggling for breath as a white policeman leaned on his neck, and it has triggered protests in America. Madonna, 61, was one of many people to share a tribute online, posting a video of her 14-year-old adopted son David Banda dancing to the track They Don't Care About Us by Michael Jackson.
May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan is born
The singer, poet and Nobel laureate was born in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. One of the most influential songwriters of modern times, Dylan is known for his social and politically charged lyrics. Some of his best numbers include "Like a Rolling Stone," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."
May 24, 1956: First Eurovision Song Contest held in Switzerland
Inspired by the Italian Sanremo Music Festival, the first ever contest took place at the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland, with seven participating countries. Lys Assia (pictured) of Switzerland won the competition with her song “Refrain.”
VIDEO. Death of George Floyd: Police officers violently attacked by protesters in Los Angeles
The police quickly found themselves surrounded by dozens of protesters © Screenshot / Reuters A police officer in difficulty facing protesters in Los Angeles, May 29, 2020. EMEUTES - The police quickly found themselves surrounded by dozens of protesters During an demonstration in Los Angeles, police officers found themselves in trouble faced with thousands of angry protesters. The police patrol is said to have responded to a call reporting damage to the streets.
May 24, 1989: 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' releases
The third chapter in Steven Spielberg's "Indian Jones" saga was released in the U.S. on this day. This was the only film in the franchise that featured Sean Connery as the father of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). It won an Academy Award for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing.
May 25, 1939: Ian McKellen is born
One of the most influential stage and screen actors of all time, McKellen was born in Burnley, England. In a career spanning almost six decades, he has portrayed several memorable characters, including Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" series and Magneto in the "X-Men" movies. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards over the years.
Clashes in Minneapolis: man found dead near burned car
Police have yet to say anything about the connection between this tragedy and the protest movement that has ignited the city since the death of George Floyd. © AFP The Parisian Minneapolis again bereaved. Shaken by riots since the death earlier this week of an African-American , George Floyd, shortly after his arrest, the city of Minnesota was the scene of a new drama whose circumstances are still mysterious. Very early Sunday morning, the body of a man with bruises was found near a burned car.
May 25, 1963: Mike Myers is born
Known for his on-screen avatars of Austin Powers, Shrek (voice) and Wayne Campbell, Myers was born in Scarborough, Canada. In 1989, the comic actor won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program for "Saturday Night Live."
May 25, 1977: First 'Star Wars' movie releases
Introducing the world to iconic sci-fi characters such as Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first movie in George Lucas' "Star Wars" saga was released on this day in the U.S. Titled "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," the film won six Oscars, including Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Music, Original Score.
May 25, 1979: 'Alien' sees a limited release in the US
Directed by Ridley Scott, the sci-fi horror premiered with a limited release in the U.S. on this day. Starring Sigourney Weaver in the lead, the film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
"My daddy changed the world": the touching words of George Floyd's daughter
© INSTAGRAM / @ skrptz The published video of George Floyd's daughter has gone viral (Screenshot). Perched on the shoulders of a friend of his father, Gianna, at the age of 6, twice launched in a video published on Instagram "My dad changed the world".
May 25, 2011: 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' ends
After running for 25 years, the daytime talk show aired its final episode on this day. As she walked on to the stage for the final time, Oprah Winfrey received a standing ovation from a star-studded audience, including her longtime partner Stedman Graham and filmmaker Tyler Perry. The show – with more than 4,500 episodes – made Winfrey one of the most influential women in media and a popular figure around the world.
May 26, 1907: John Wayne is born
One of the most successful Hollywood stars of the '60s, Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, U.S. He became popular with movies such as “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Searchers” (1956), "The Alamo" (1960) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) and won an Oscar for Best Actor for "True Grit" (1969).
May 26, 1966: Helena Bonham Carter is born
Born in London, Carter delivered notable performances in films such as "Fight Club" (1999), "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007), “The King’s Speech” (2010) and "Les Misérables" (2012). She is also remembered for her portrayal of the terrifying witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the "Harry Potter" series.
Biden condemns Trump's statements about George Floyd and the labor market
© SAUL LOEB The designated Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has condemned President Donald Trump's statements about the killed African American George Floyd and the labor market as "truly contemptible". The opposition US Democrats have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's statements about the killed African American George Floyd and the job market.
May 26, 1994: Michael Jackson weds Lisa Marie Presley
On this day, the pop icon married Lisa, the daughter of Priscilla and Elvis Presley, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After two years of staying together, she filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."
May 26, 2008: Sydney Pollack dies
The director, known for movies such as "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), “Three Days of the Condor” (1975) and "Tootsie" (1982), died in Los Angeles, California, U.S., at the age of 73. In 1986, he received two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for the biographical drama "Out of Africa" (1985).
May 27, 1922: Christopher Lee is born
Born in London, the legendary actor was best known for starring in some of the most critically acclaimed and highest-grossing horror and fantasy films in a career of around seven decades. The list includes “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” (2002), and the “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film series. He died on June 7, 2015, at the age of 93, in London.
May 27, 1963: Bob Dylan releases ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan’
On this day, the American singer-songwriter released his second studio album, which is widely regarded as his breakthrough album. He was 22 years old at the time and wrote most of the songs in the album, including the iconic "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall."
Thousands of people demonstrate in Spain against racist police violence
© Gabriel BOUYS After the African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in the United States, thousands of people in Spain have also joined the worldwide protests against racism. After the African American George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in the United States, thousands of people in Spain have also joined the global protests against racism. Police estimated thousands of people gathered in the capital city of Madrid on Sunday.
May 27, 2006: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcome first biological child
Once considered Hollywood’s most influential couple, the actors welcomed their first biological child together on this day. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born in Swakopmund in Namibia. Her parents left for Africa to avoid the intense media scrutiny following Jolie’s pregnancy announcement.
May 28, 1968: Kylie Minogue is born
The pop star and actress was born in Melbourne, Australia. She rose to fame after a 1987 cover of Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion,” which topped the charts in many countries. She established herself as a pop icon with the release of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” a 2001 single that peaked at No.1 in the U.K. and No.7 in the U.S. She won her first, and so far only, Grammy in 2003, for the single “Come into My World,” and has also starred in films like “Street Fighter” (1994), “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) and “San Andreas” (2015).
May 28, 1982: 'Rocky III' releases
Sylvester Stallone reprised his iconic role in this cult sports drama about a former world champion boxer and his path back to the top. The movie released in the U.S. on this day. The film’s theme – “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor – topped the charts and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.
May 28, 1976: ‘Taxi Driver’ wins Palme d’Or
Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece was screened at Cannes a year after a bomb was found at the 1975 edition of the festival. The film was criticized for its violent content, and its climax was considered particularly disturbing. However, despite being booed by the audience (some of whom even walked out), the jury awarded the film its highest honor – the Palme d’Or – with the caveat that “cinema not become a source of hatred.”
Bail for ex-police officers set at $ 1 million in Floyd case
© Handout In the case of the killed African American George Floyd, the bail for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin has been set at $ 1 million. The 44-year-old was brought into a courtroom in Minneapolis via video conference. In the case of the black George Floyd killed, the bail for ex-policeman Derek Chauvin, who is the main suspect, has been set at $ 1 million. The detained 44-year-old was first video-connected to a courtroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday.
May 28, 1998: Elton John and Bernie Taupin win Ivor Novello Award
“Candle in the Wind 1997," John’s tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, was named the best-selling U.K. single in a ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London. The song was originally written in 1973, in honor of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is considered the best-selling single since the U.S. and U.K. charts began in the '50s.
(Pictured) John presents a check, which is the first installment of proceeds from the sale of "Candle in the Wind 1997," to the trustees of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, in London in December 1997.
May 29, 1913: Riot breaks out during premiere of ‘The Rite of Spring’ in Paris
A ballet featuring the music of Igor Stravinsky and choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky, the piece’s complex music and dance steps drew jokes and whistles from a bemused and unsettled audience in Paris, France. There are differing accounts of what happened during the performance, but most say fights broke out and objects were thrown.
May 29, 1942: Bing Crosby records 'White Christmas'
Released at the height of World War II, Crosby’s version of a song Irving Berlin wrote hit No.1 on Billboard’s Best-Selling Retail Records chart later in the year, spending 11 consecutive weeks at the top. Part of the 1942 film “Holiday Inn,” the track won the Oscar for Best Original Song and is today, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the best-selling single of all time with over 50 million copies sold.
May 29, 1962: 'Let’s Twist Again' wins a Grammy
Released in June 1961, this Chubby Checker single won the Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording. It refers to the Twist dance craze popularized, at the time, by the genre.
May 29, 1975: Mel B is born
A member of the '90s girl group Spice Girls, Melanie Brown (better known as Mel B and her stage name ‘Scary Spice’) was born on this day in Leeds, England. She has also been a judge on musical reality shows like “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” as well as performed on Broadway.
May 29, 1992: 'Sister Act' releases
A hit musical starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith and Harvey Keitel, the film was nominated for two Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. It was one of the highest-grossing entries at the box office that year and spawned a sequel – “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” (1993) – starring Goldberg and Smith.
May 30, 1968: Beatles begin recording ‘The White Album’
On this day, the ‘Fab Four’ began recording their first double LP after realizing they had 23 completed songs left over from their trip to India. The recording at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London began in the afternoon and was also attended by John Lennon’s new girlfriend, Yoko Ono.
May 30, 2003: 'Finding Nemo' releases
The Disney Pixar movie opened in U.S. theaters on this day and went on to become one of the highest-grossing animated movies of all time. The Oscar-winning film, which was re-released in 3D in 2012, featured the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould and Willem Dafoe.
May 30, 2008: ‘Sex and the City’ movie releases
Four years after the hit HBO TV series ended, Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon reunited for a movie version of the book written by Candace Bushnell. The movie released in the U.S. to mixed reviews but was a commercial success. A sequel, “Sex and the City 2,” was released two years later.
In a caption for the video, Madonna wrote: “Brutal murder travels around the world my son David dances to honour and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America.”
The video and accompanying message was labelled “the worst tweet of all time” by retired American professional basketball player Rex Chapman. © AP George Floyd's death has sparked a series of protests in the US
“‘Come dance in the kitchen for racism’ is a weird take. To Michael Jackson? And other things,” he added.
Many others agreed with his sentiment...
Others defended the singer, with some highlighting the fact that she had been one of the first celebrities to condemn the police responsible for Floyd’s death...
Following Floyd’s death, Star Wars actor John Boyega tweeted: “This just burns.
“Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy.”
He followed this with a second tweet, saying simply: “I really f**king hate racists.”
On Thursday, the British actor doubled down on his comments, telling any racists who follow him or consider themselves fans of his work to “f*** off” during an Instagram live-stream.