Kim Kardashian’s decision to tweet her support for Israel during a flare up in the tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians quickly turned into a nightmare scenario for the reality TV star. Shortly after her tweet went live, Ms. Kardashian began receiving death wishes and other forms of harsh criticism.
“Praying for everyone in Israel,” the star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” tweeted Friday morning.
The reality TV star’s tweet wouldn’t have been big entertainment news but recent military actions by Israel and Hamas have people on both sides worried that the situation could quickly into an all out war between the two adversaries. Gaza militants have launched rockets into Israel and Israel has retaliated with air strikes. In the mean time, Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that his country will launch a ground offensive in Gaza if the rocket attacks continue.
Ms. Kardashian’s pro-Israel tweet prompted death wishes and harsh criticism.
“Further enhancing your reputation as a dumb porn star,” one person tweeted. “You know nothing about #Humanity Die in HELL !” another person tweeted.
In an attempt to put to rest any criticism, Ms. Kardashian tweeted a follow up to her original tweet: “And praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”
Twitchy, however, reports that Ms. Kardashian’s follow up tweet did little to stem the flow of criticism. Eventually, the news outlet says, the reality TV star deleted both the original and follow up tweets from her Twitter account.
The reaction to Ms. Kardashian’s pro-Israel tweet was so upsetting that the E! star responded to her critics on her personal blog, apologizing for the original tweet.
“I want to own up to and explain that 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,” the reality TV star wrote in a post called “A Message to You Guys.” “I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them. 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.”
Ms. Kardashian isn’t the only public figure to catch heat for tweeting about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Saturday slammed what he referred to as the “Jewish-owned press” for their “anti-Israel” coverage.
“Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?” Mr. Murdoch tweeted.
“Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment,” the media mogul said in a second tweet.
Mr. Murdoch issued a Twitter non-apology Sunday.
“Jewish owned press” have been sternly criticized, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologize unreservedly,” he tweeted.
Twitter has been a source of trouble for numerous celebrities in the past. American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was slammed for her support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul during the Republican primary race. Instant criticism of Ms. Clarkson’s tweet, as the congressman was being lambasted by the media for his association with a series of racist newsletters in the late 1980s and early 1990s, forced the American Idol winner to issue an apology.
CNN analyst Roland Martin was suspended by the network for “regrettable and offensive” tweets during last year’s Super Bowl.
Given the controversial nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ms. Kardashian will surely think twice about tweeting anything political in the near future.