Just after Rihanna tweeted and deleted the controversial hashtag #FreePalestine, Selena Gomez has chosen to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Instagram, sparking a bunch of angry comments and furious tweets.
Selena posted an image to Instagram in support of Palestinians in Gaza – reading “It’s about Humanity. Pray for Gaza.”
Alongside the caption: “Please pray for those families and babies today.
Please always remember what’s important in life. It’s not any of this.
We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration”
As expected when celebs comment on such hot button issues, the image prompted a flurry of debates and anger in the comments section, with Instagram users calling Selena ‘racist’ and ‘dumb’.
Some commenters thanked Selena for offering her support, but it seemed the
majority were absolutely furious at the young singer/ actress.
Despite the backlash, Selena has not gone the Rihanna route of deleting the social media evidence of her comments.
The image is still on Instagram for all to see, and the battle in the comments section continues.
Selena did, however, follow up the post with a more neutral Instagram photo, of a woman meditating on the beach with the caption “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!” Well said.