Social Change in Art: A Battle Against "Virtue Signaling"

When DJ David Guetta streamed his "special record" dedicated to George Floyd, his performance seemed so incongruent to the current atmosphere that it drew harsh criticism. During his livestream, Guetta said, "This record is in honor of George Floyd…Shoutout to his family" as the beat swelled and the bass dropped with occasional Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" samples in the background. He began dancing to the beat, which sounded more like something from a club than a sincere tribute. His intentions were positive, raising $670,000 for Covid-19 relief, but the song's tone and his introduction detracted from his actual contributions and was condemned as "virtue signaling."

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