As the Israel-Palestine conflict intensifies, people are turning to Twitter—where else?—to vent frustrations, offer prayers and debate opinions.
The music world is no exception. Just Tuesday, Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” but soon deleted it. Sources claimed she accidentally tweeted the controversial hashtag, and the pop star herself soon tweeted an apology of sorts: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”
Others artists, however, have unequivocally offered their take on the conflict. For instance, Swizz Beatz wrote:
#freepalestine I don’t care what’s the problem you don’t just kill lil kids like that I pray for peace ASAP!!!!
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) July 14, 2014
Although his wife has yet to weigh in on the subject—Alicia Keys’ Twitter has been silent for nearly a week—the famed producer didn’t back down after facing some Twitter backlash. “I pray for peace on the entire world!” he added. “This is not a political stance it’s a human stance!”
Waka Flocka Flame also tweeted his support for Palestine in no uncertain terms:
Damn how the FUCK MY COUNTRY ALLOW #PALESTINE SUFFERING… . PLEASE FATHER GOD GIVE THAT COUNTRY STRENGTH
— Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlockabsm) July 12, 2014
And like Swizz, he’s refusing to stay neutral. “I’m getting texts saying don’t choose sides on social media,” Waka tweeted, adding, “#IChosePeace #HelpTheHelpless #WrongIsWrong #RightIsRight stop letting these children suffer.”
Without voicing a definite opinion on the conflict, Talib Kweli commented on the media fray that ensued when NBA player Dwight Howard tweeted “#FreePalestine.” The NBA player immediately apologized, saying, “Previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will.”
“Sports stars cannot just be saying whatever they want, that must suck,” Kweli tweeted. “To ?@DwightHoward I understand that NBA is a corporation & you have certain obligations. I still appreciate your efforts to be humane… Times like these make me glad to be my own boss.”
Kweli’s logic on the NBA probably applies to the music industry as well, because for the most part, the major pop stars are maintaining a PR-friendly silence on the conflict. After all, it’s a slightly more complicated issue than #FreeTheNipple.