It's Kim Kardashian vs. Twitter on the Middle East crisis!
The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" socialite and reality megastar caused a brouhaha on Twitter when she sent out an e-prayer for victims of the Middle East conflict. She first tweeted that she was "praying for everyone in Israel." When a nasty twitter backlash was unleashed, Kanye West's girlfriend then tweeted that she was "praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!" After a slew of angry tweets and even death threats, Ms. Kardashian deleted both messages.
Today Kim tweeted, "Inshallah next week I head to Kuwait & Bahrain with my friend @sheerazhasan Time to set the record straight! So excited about this trip!" Inshallah means "If Allah wills" or "God willing" in Arabic.
To soothe the angry tweeters Kim also posted, "A Message To You Guys" on her blog. The missive begins, "Earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize." She goes on to say, "The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn't choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires."
The blog post didn't stop the hatred. The angriest tweeters like @MichaelFarah961 made ugly comments like, Who really gives a damn about Kim#Kardashian's political views... She just a talentless porn star/prostitute anyway." There's no doubt that Kim Kardashian has replaced Paris Hilton as the famous for being famous star people love to hate. Does that mean that her opinion is only relevant on pop culture or fashion matters?
Rap mogul Russell Simmons disagrees. The Global Grind head honcho writes, "Kim Kardashian had no need to apologize. Her compassion for all of of humanity is appreciated." Russell is known for his peace-loving tweets on prayer and meditation. Russell's followers like @LauraBaratta have tweeted to him in response, "I respect you! But she's full of it..."
So what do you think? Is this like the Dixie Chicks' "Shut Up and Sing" moment?
Does a reality TV star, right, wrong, well-informed, misguided or otherwise, have the right to tweet her opinion? Do you care what Kim Kardashian thinks about the Middle East crisis?
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