Rihanna ‘Accidentally’ Tweets #FreePalestine, Then Deletes It

Celebrities have been “accidentally” showing support for Palestine, then facing backlash on social media. 

Rihanna in 2013
Rihanna in 2013 FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Tweeting “#FreePalestine” has another celebrity coming under attack. Last week NBA star Dwight Howard tweeted that hashtag and then deleted it. After receiving a barrage of tweets accusing him of picking sides, Howard tweeted an apology:

Some were happy to see that Howard deleted the tweet:


Others, not so much:


Earlier Tuesday, Rihanna had a similar incident on the social media site and is now quickly backtracking. The Bajan singer tweeted “#FreePalestine,” just like Howard, but deleted it after eight minutes, coincidentally around the time the ceasefire fell apart.

According to TMZ, a source told the site that Rihanna’s tweet was merely an accident. The source said that Rihanna was reading about the conflict in the Middle East and clicked a link, which subsequently posted the tweet. The source told TMZ that Rihanna is not pro-Palestine or pro-Israel, “she is pro-peace,” saying, “She doesn’t want innocent people dying.”