Houston, TX – The third and final memorial for George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man killed at the hands of Minnesota police on May 25, was held at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston on Tuesday (June 9). Ne-Yo, who attended the service and performed a song, is now facing criticism after referring to Floyd as a “sacrifice.”

“50 states are protesting at the same time, this man changed the world,” he said. “I just want to thank George Floyd for the sacrifice so my kids can be alright. I appreciate the sacrifice, I really do.”

Following his speech, Ne-Yo got visibly emotional when he sang Boyz II Men’s 1991 hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in honor of the 46-year-old Floyd.

Even so, Twitter immediately pounced on Ne-Yo for his seemingly insensitive remarks. Many people couldn’t believe he would say such a thing, while others just implored celebrities to keep their mouths shut.

Check out the reactions below.

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