Although Kim Kardashian is one that frequently takes to Twitter to treat her fans to the latest updates on celebrity news surrounding the Kardashian clan, USA Today reports this Saturday, Nov. 17, that the reality star may need to choose her tweets wisely when it comes to conflict in the Middle East after her post that she was “praying for everyone in Israel” received immediate backlash from followers.
Kim Kardashian brings some issues of celebrities on Twitter to the spotlight as well as highlighted that taking sides on the conflict in the Middle East can cause some major anger in fans and followers alike.
This Friday, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star tweeted to her over 16 million followers that she had been “praying for everyone in Israel” after media news had surfaced that the Palestinians and Israelis were once again in open combat with shootings, rocket threats, and air strikes on Gaza.
Her first tweet on the matter, while seemingly innocuous, immediately received harsh backlash, angry tweets, and even death threats. Kim went on to say that she had been “praying for everyone in Palestine [too] … as well as across the world!”
However, only more angry tweets — and a number of other death threats — followed on her Twitter account. Kim Kardashian quickly deleted both posts, Twitchy reports (a site that helps archive tweets deleted by celebrities), before talking to her fans through an apology online via her blog.
“I ultimately decided to take down my tweets because I realized some people were offended and even hurt by what I said. For that, I apologize,” wrote Kim K. “I should’ve pointed out my intentions behind those tweets after I posted them. Regardless of politics or religious beliefs in Israel and Palestine, there are so many innocent people who didn’t choose this war and fighting, and I pray to find a resolution for all of them. I also pray for other people caught in their own crossfires [aside from the Middle East.]”
At the same time, however, there were plenty of Kim Kardashian’s followers who gave the opposite of death threats: rather, they supporter her intentions and kindness to keep those in the Middle East in mind.
“Many of your friends support you. There’s no need to apologize … [ur] intention to promote love to 16 million followers is appreciated,” wrote Russell Simmons to her on Twitter.
Was it within the talented reality star’s rights to post her feelings and prayers for peace in the Middle East and Israel? Should she have had to delete her tweets on Twitter after the backlash from quite a few followers, or apologize for that matter? It certainly does bring the issue of celebrities discussing political or global events even over Twitter to the debate.
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