Rihanna may have had nothing but good intentions when she spoke out against the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, but her message didn’t received the expected result.
Instead, the Work singer’s social media platforms have been bombarded with the #FreePalestine hashtag.
Declaring that she “stands with humanity” Rihanna chastised “governments and extremist” for perpetuating this conflict that she says is claiming the lives of innocent people.
“My heart is breaking with the violence I’m seeing displayed between Israel and Palestine! Rihanna began in her statement. “I can’t bear to see it! Innocent Israeli and Palestinian children are hiding in bomb shelters, over 40 lives lost in Gaza alone, at least 13 of whom were also innocent children!”
She continued; “There needs to be some kind of resolve!” she wrote. “We are sadly watching innocent people fall victim to notions perpetrated by government and extremists, and this cycle needs to be broken!”
But Rihanna’s apparent neutral stance did go down well with her fans and received much criticisms.
“Get your facts right Riri,” one comment read. “Do you research boo boo.”
“It might be good to point out that the 13 children were all Palestinian and there are 53 deaths, also Palestinian,” another said.
Wtf is this both sides-ism statement? 🥴,” someone asked.
Over on Twitter, she backlash was severe.
The current conflict between the neighbouring countries comes after weeks of rising tension stoked by violent confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters culminating in clashes at a site in Jerusalem that is holy to both Muslims and Jews.
The BBC reports that at least 87 Palestinians and six Israelis have been killed since Monday.