In what appears to be the last of several funerals for George Floyd, who died in police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, pallbearers were seen on video appearing to solemnly dance to the gospel music being performed behind them while carrying his coffin out of the venue.
After what may be Floyd’s final funeral in Houston, Texas, pallbearers carrying the gold-plated coffin were recorded performing a slight dance to the music being performed in the venue.
The funeral itself lasted well over four hours according to the live stream, and prominent Democrats and celebrities were in attendance, including “Sylvester Turner, congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Rev. Al Sharpton, attorney Benjamin Crump, Slim Thug, Leela James, Paul Wall, Floyd Mayweather, congressman Al Green, bishop James Dixon,” and others.
After noticing the dancing pallbearers, many on social media made comparisons to the now viral video featuring Ghana’s dancing pallbearers.
“How can this timeline be real,” wrote Adan Salazar on Twitter, uploading a video of the pallbearers dancing spliced with the audio from the dancing pallbearers meme.
How can this timeline be real? pic.twitter.com/PvstQPWgf7
— Adan Salazar (@AdanSalazarWins) June 9, 2020
Another Twitter user wrote, “It started out as a meme but it became reality,” adding “Year 2020 is so weird.”
It started out at a meme but it became reality
— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) June 9, 2020
Another clip, set to the dancing pallbearers music, was uploaded to Banned.Video and titled “Epic! George Floyd Funeral Turns Into Dance Party!”
Other social media users seemed to find the dancing appropriate and somber.
Dancing #GeorgeFloyd out of the church in a gold casket. Not gonna lie, held my breath hoping no one would trip or fall. Wow. They really know how to do a funeral. Rest In Power George Floyd. #GeorgeFloydFuneral pic.twitter.com/IGQL2heETw
— Anaïs (@shangrilagirl) June 9, 2020
Still, others pointed out the hypocrisy of several massive funerals with thousands in attendance being held only weeks after Americans were told that funerals were forbidden due to the possibility for COVID-19 to spread.
One Twitter user wrote, “When my grandmother died a few weeks ago I was left with this letter! Not 1 funeral! I had to call to say goodbye!”
She added, “George Floyd, a criminal that NO 1 knew, has gotten how many funerals, a gold casket w/ people dancing n 1000s of ppl kneeling to him like he is GOD!”
When my grandmother died a few weeks ago I was left with this letter! Not 1 funeral! I had to call to say goodbye! BUT George Floyd a criminal that NO 1 knew has gotten how many funerals,a gold casket w/ ppl dancing n 1000s of ppl kneeling to him like he is GOD!Let that SINK in! pic.twitter.com/03jz0x65jt
— Jersey MAGA 🇺🇸 Britt (@BrittanyFink13) June 9, 2020
Another Twitter user wrote, “There’s a video of funeral-goers dancing with the casket of George Floyd. I’m having trouble with this.”
“There are people who lost family and weren’t allowed to have a small service, or even SEE a loved one who died in ICU,” she went on.
“I appreciate #blacklivesmatter but this doesn’t compute.”
There's a video of funeral-goers dancing with the casket of George Floyd. I'm having trouble with this. There are people who lost family and weren't allowed to have a small service, or even SEE a loved one who died in ICU. I appreciate #blacklivesmatter but this doesn't compute.
— ⭐️💊 REDD pill IT ⭐️💊🇺🇸💯😻👏 (@reddpillit) June 9, 2020