A doctoral picture showing pop superstar Rihanna allegedly holding up a Pakistani flag became widespread after she expressed solidarity with farmers protesting agricultural laws in India.
However, the original image is over a year old and shows Rihanna holding up a West Indies (CWI) flag at a game in the UK city of Chester-le-Street during the 2019 World Cup.
On July 1, 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted the original photo of the pop icon with the flag of Cricket West Indies when West Indies played against Sri Lanka during this year’s Cricket World Cup.
“Look who’s on #SLvWI to Rally ‘in the West Indies! Look out for @ rihanna’s new single” Shut Up And Cover Drive Winking Face, “” ICC tweeted along with the photo.
Look who’s there #SLvWI to the rally around the West Indies!
– ICC (@ICC) 1st July 2019
The official Twitter account of Cricket West Indies also tweeted a photo of Rihanna standing in the stadium. The Barbadian-born singer was dressed in white and wore sunglasses.
– Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 1st July 2019
A six-word tweet this week from Rihanna, who has (and has) over 100 million followers on Twitter, sparked a storm that was followed by several U.S. lawmakers and celebrities.
This is what she tweeted, “Why don’t we talk about this #FarmersProtest?”
Rihanna also shared an article on the peasants’ protest by the American news agency CNN.
Growing international support for the peasant movement prompted the government on Wednesday to issue a caustic statement warning against the “temptation of sensational social media hashtags and comments”.
Rihanna was viciously attacked online for expressing her support for the peasant movement. Many accused them and others of having vested interests. Actor Kangana Ranaut called them a “fool” and called the peasant protesters “terrorists” and they tried to divide India.
(With inputs from AFP)