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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rihanna tweets 'Free Palestine,' deletes after 7,000 retweets in eight minutes

This reminds me of the song from A Chorus Line forty years ago. The musical had a song - which I will not post now because it's the three weeks of mourning for the Holy Temples - that described what a woman needs to make it in show business. The lyrics are here. Here's another story that proves you don't need a brain to be a popular entertainer. Just the things described in the song.
Pop superstar Rihanna caused a social media firestorm this week when she tweeted "#FreePalestine" from her official account before deleting it eight minutes later.
In those eight minutes the controversial tweet was retweeted over 7,000 times, according to NY Magazine.

Entertainment news website TMZ claimed that the Barbadian singer removed the tweet after she was inundated with questions from fans asking if she supported Hamas.
Hours after her initial posting was removed, she tweeted "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?....," E! News reported.
This isn't the first time she's gotten into a controversy here, although the last time wasn't as much her fault.
In October 2013 she performed to a crowd of thousands in Tel Aviv. Following the show, Ha'aretz reported that Rihanna substituted the lyric "All I see is dollar signs" with the phrase "All I see is Palestine" in her song "Pour it Up," and the controversy was quickly picked up by Israeli and Arab media, eventually making its way to American aggregators.
It turned out, however, that upon scrutiny of a fan video taken at the concert, Rihanna had in fact performed the original lyrics to the song.
You don't need a brain to be an entertainer.

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