David Guetta condemned for 'tone deaf and wrong' George Floyd tribute

News 02/06/2020

David Guetta hosted another United At Home livestream over the weekend to help raise money for several charities helping those hit by COVID-19.

With protests around the world talking place recently following the murder of George Floyd, several previously planned livestreams have now included tributes to the late American.

Guetta reportedly raised over $500,000 during his latest stream, giving him a raised total of over $1m across his last two performances. However, Guetta's charitable efforts haven't come without controversy after the French DJ was widely condemned for including a bizarre tribute he created to “honor” George Floyd.

“The world is going through difficult times and America too, actually,” Guetta said. “Last night, I knew we were going to do this and I made a special record… in honor of George Floyd. I really hope we can see more unity and more peace when already things are so difficult.”

He added, “So, shout out to his family.”

He then played a song featuring a sample from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

The tribute's reception hasn't been great, with DJ duo Hudson Mohawke remarking that while “attempting to do a noble thing by raising some money for a good cause but the execution is so hilariously off key in so many ways it’s mindblowing.”

View the clip below along with several other reactions to Guetta's stream.

Aucklanders took part in a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday afternoon in response to Floyd's death.

Protesters walked from Aotea Square to the United States Consulate General on Customs St East. 

Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck for nine minutes.