Sarah Michelle Gellar Posted Twitter Tribute To “Boy George,” Not George Michael
Sarah Michelle Gellar committed a Twitter faux pas this weekend after posting a moving tribute to the wrong singer. The star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer had this to say upon hearing that former 80’s pop star had died: “Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016#RIPBoyGeorge.”
Of course, Boy George is very much alive. She actually meant to pay tribute to George Michael, former lead singer of Wham!, who died on Christmas morning. Instantly, her Twitter feed was flooded with corrections and she posted a retraction, saying, “Just as sad when you get the correct information- #ripGeorgeMichael thank you to everyone who corrected me- it’s still so sad.” And after enduring the usual Twitter vitriol, she pointed out that, “This is usually why I don’t comment on public matters, but it all seemed so sad on Christmas. Lesson learned.”
Lesson learned indeed. And of course, it is sad that George Michael is dead. The singer was found in his bed by his long-term partner and seems to have passed of heart failure. Michael spent his youth grinding away on the London underground as a busker. He changed his name from Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to the more pronounceable George Michael when he started his professional career as the lead singer of Wham!, scoring a major hit with the song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
He had a successful career as a solo artist, selling over one hundred million albums and winning numerous awards. Michael is remembered as a remarkably talented artist and generous soul. He spent much of his career campaigning to raise awareness of AIDS as well as for a cure, performing at dozens of benefit concerts with people like George McCarthy and Freddie Mercury.
Michael is survived by his family and partner, who expressed their sorrow in a number of public statements.