In comparison to her peers, Gigi Hadid is guarded on social media, only sharing what she has to (sponsored posts, red-carpet photos, magazine spreads, runway images, responses to controversy) and the occasional glimpse of her personal life (family photos, a hockey game here and there). Every so often, though, she decides to speak up, whether it’s about her body image, or issues as big and complicated as the Israel-Palestine conflict — which she commented on this week and promptly regretted.
On Tuesday, Hadid, who is half-Palestinian, shared screenshots on Twitter of anAl Jazeera article detailing the recent violence on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinian protesters at the hands of Israeli forces. She also shared a post from her cousin, Lina Hadid, who appears to be a pro-Palestine activist.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, this is not about religion or one against the other — it’s about the greed,” Hadid wrote as a follow-up, using the hashtags “Free Palestine,” “Free Gaza,” and “Coexist,” with a peace-sign emoji. She later added: “My intent is never to further separate groups in hatred. I’m not anti-anyone. I am only pro-coexistence.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, this is not about religion or one against the other - it’s about the greed. ☮️Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 15, 2018
“I didn’t call Jews greedy,” Hadid clarified. “I’m saying coexistence is not to live in greed.”
I didn’t call Jews greedy, but anyone who can’t look past their own ego will twist it that way.I’m saying coexistence (Palestinians & Israelis, as they once before lived...) is to not live in greed. That’s all I’d hope for. ☮️ I don’t agree with the violence from either side.Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 16, 2018
The recent backlash Gigi Hadid received on Twitter, though, frustrated her to the point that she declared she was going to “start keeping [her] opinions to [herself].” Some expressed disappointment in this decision, seeing that she has such a huge platform and that so few others in fashion are willing to earnestly speak up about politics.
Further & finally-I’m just gunna start keeping my opinions to myself. social media is one of the most frustrating & twisted things. Don’t be surprised when your faves drop off,it’s a double-edged sword. Everything’s taken & read the wrong way bc tweets can never show real depthGigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 16, 2018
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