Amid the farmers’ protest, Barbadian singer, actress and businesswoman Rihanna took to social media to tweet a photograph of the tractor rally at the Delhi border. “Why aren’t we talking about this?!”, she tweeted, along with hashtag #FarmersProtest.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Social media users, and even various media houses, were quick to unleash their wrath on the singer for criticising our country from abroad.
Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami went to the extent of releasing a statement on the Republic website, asking Rihanna, Greta or Lily Singh not to tell us how to run our country.
Headlines on CNN News18 read: “Who is destabilising India?”, “Plot to defame India”, “Is this a conspiracy?”.
In the evening’s debate, Times Now spoke about “Modi Sarkar Sees Foreign Hand”. According to NewX, “an anti-India lobby” is trying to give “a bad name to India”.
And before we knew, politicians, Bollywood stars and cricketers began condemning Rihanna, and Greata Thunberg too, whose tweet read: “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
Keeping the media houses and celebrities aside, Rihanna is being viciously trolled. Social media users hit a new low as they hailed American songwriter Chris Brown for assaulting Rihanna. His name soared on social media as netizens began to trend ‘Respect Chris Brown’, ‘Missing Chris Brown’ and ‘Chris Brown did nothing wrong’.
Back in 2009, a 19-year-old Brown was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, who was 20, during a confrontation the morning before the Grammys. After he pleaded guilty of assaulting Rihanna with the “intent of doing great bodily injury”, Chris Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labour and a year-long anti-domestic violence programme.
However, amid all the hatred these women are getting, there are 17 celebrities who have stood by them and supported them.
The following are tweets by celebrities who stood by Rihanna’s tweet supporting the farmers’ protest:
At least be original
— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) February 4, 2021
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 31, 2021
Maunstream media trying to character assassinate her by playing her videos, going through her trash thinking it'll destroy her is peak Indian delusion😂 Guys, is THIS why you went to journalism school? You're just making some deprived,middle-aged men very happy at prime time🤭 pic.twitter.com/HsBpGEV50i
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 3, 2021
When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. It took me 35 years to see one 😊 pic.twitter.com/AMCGIZMfGN
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 4, 2021
God sees it! https://t.co/23dzQ0wcIt
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 4, 2021
Part of the award waapsi, tukde tukde gang. Libru (not to be mixed with Libran) Congress agent who is lying about being a poor farmer. pic.twitter.com/MyF4IfWZSY
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) February 2, 2021
If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 4, 2021
I didn’t! Even God said it! https://t.co/KB2WKlue2r
— Kubbra Sait (@KubbraSait) February 3, 2021
It took one tweet of @rihanna to make the MEA and Govt to react to the farmers. Why did it take that long? There is no propaganda. The only propaganda that is happening is the one being created by the ones who want anarchy in our country.
A divided country is easier to rule.
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) February 3, 2021
Sonakshi Sinha wrote:
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) February 3, 2021
Aiyooo! The cute Bhakts have awakened!
(You know that moment in a zombie film climax, when the zombie was looking elsewhere, and a human was cautiously stepping away, and bam! It suddenly turns to him.)
Just got that feeling!
— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) February 3, 2021
— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) February 4, 2021
One of cricket’s greatest socio-political stands. Imagine if Don Bradman said ‘Apartheid is South Africa’s internal matter. Let them resolve it amicably & peacefully. We can be spectators but not participants’. Just imagine. pic.twitter.com/v9BsG6Vrv0
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 4, 2021
Jaat Di Kohr Kirli
Shateeriyan Nu Jaffe…
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) February 2, 2021