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Marina Diamandis has come under fire for a tweet conflating mental illness to being a police officer.
The tweet came about after white police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd last week.
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, causing an independent medical examination to label the death a homicide.
The incident has caused week-long mass protests worldwide, with many calling out systemic racism and police brutality.
The Marina and the Diamonds singer wrote on Twitter on Sunday:
In response, many believed conflating mental illness with cops only served to further "stigmatise" mental health issues:
@MarinaDiamandis I absolute adore you marina but this is an incredibly harmful thing to tweet, remember people with… https://t.co/29XTtonKBd — Sarah🌸🌱 (@Sarah🌸🌱)
@MarinaDiamandis this is a really bad take.
1. mentally ill people (especially Black mentally ill people) are at h… https://t.co/dl25lk8Cmq — jaynuary blues (@jaynuary blues)
@MarinaDiamandis - this is ableist
- mentally ill doesn't equal bad
- calling someone mentally ill when you mean '… https://t.co/kmVmOLoEAV — Bo. B / Jason Momoa troostcommittee (@Bo. B / Jason Momoa troostcommittee)
Many people implored the singer to delete her tweet:
@MarinaDiamandis Marina you know I love you but you need to delete this. It’s not cool to imply that people with me… https://t.co/m7ce7GQlfS — Marina Alerts (@Marina Alerts)
@MarinaDiamandis Hi, mentally ill person here, who has zero desire to enact a brutal system of white supremacy agai… https://t.co/X5HjZJHeWj — VƎX, Whomst Transed The Gender (@VƎX, Whomst Transed The Gender)
Marina is yet to publicly address the backlash but she’s since tweeted about the shooting of kids in the face with rubber bullets.
Watching footage from last night's US protests - I have never seen this level of sadism or brutality toward human b… https://t.co/oC6xo3nPgN — M A R I N A (@M A R I N A)
She also quoted another tweet about police brutality and wrote: “No job is worth this level of injustice”.