Cher Does Not Celebrate Thanksgiving
LOS ANGELES – Award-winning singer Cher, who claims Cherokee ancestry, made headlines this week after she tweeted she does not celebrate Thanksgiving.
If she ever truly retires from show business, she could go on the lecture circuit to university campuses to teach educators on how to teach American history.
Here’s what happened on Twitter on Wednesday:
Responding to a fan who asked if she celebrated Thanksgiving, she wrote:
“I don’t! For me and my family, it’s a day when everyone is free for dinner and a movie, not to celebrate the beginning of a great crime.”
When asked to explain her comment, Cher responded the crime was “stealing land from a people who believed owning land was like owning sky! We gave them blankets laced with smallpox.”
Through her long career that has spanned six decades, Cher has stayed close to her Native heritage. In 1973 Cher’s single, “Half-Breed” hit number one on the Billboard charts in the United States and in Canada. The song reached number nine in Sweden.
While her :Half-Breed” single made it to number one, Cher maintains she is 1/16th Cherokee from her mother’s side of her family. Her father was Armenian.
Through the decades of mass popularity from one generation to the next, Cher has worn full feathered headdresses as part of her singing routines.
In 2002, a remix version of “Half-Breed” was created for a video montage that was used in Cher’s “Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.”
Cher’s popularity has gained her the title of “Goddess of Pop.” She has won major show business awards. Among them: an Academy Award; an Emmy Award; Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award.