Guwahati: Soon after Rihanna’s tweet on the ongoing farmers’ protest in India, created a flutter on social media, support from the international faces poured in for the farmers.
Sharing a CNN article on the demonstrations with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, the ‘Umbrella’ singer used the trending hashtag #Farmersprotest, while tweeting, “Why aren’t we talking about this?
Within hours of Rihanna’s tweet, the movement saw more support as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also called for attention to be drawn to the protests against the Centre’s contentious new farm laws.
“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” the 18-year-old tweeted to her 4.6 million followers.
Thunberg, founder of the campaigning group ‘Fridays for Future’ and a nominee for the Nobel prize, shared the CNN article, showing support for the farmers.
US Vice-President Kamala Harris’s niece Meena Harris also tweeted calling for action against India’s internet shutdowns and ‘paramilitary violence against farmer protesters’.
Rihanna became a hot topic on the internet after her tweet. She also received strong backlashes that slammed the singer. Among those who were unhappy with Rihanna’s tweet was Kangna Ranaut.
The ‘Queen’ actress, who had 3 million followers on the site, lashed out at the singer, calling the farmers “terrorists” and the singer a “fool”.
But Rihanna isn’t the only star who became the target of Twitterati’s wrath for speaking in support of protesting farmers. Former adult star Mia Khalifa, who also voiced her opinion on Twitter, received sharp disapproval for her comment.
In a post on the micro blogging site, Khalifa on Tuesday questioned the internet ban around New Delhi, “What in the human rights violations is going on?!,” she wrote.
Soon enough the thread was filled with negative reaction. But Khalifa was prepared for her naysayers. In another tweet, she shut down trollers: “Paid actors,” huh? Quite the casting director, I hope they’re not overlooked during awards season.”
Farmers have been protesting against the three contentious agriculture laws near the borders of Delhi for more than two months now. While the protesting unions have demanded a repeal of the laws, the government has offered to suspend the laws for 18 months and form a committee to resolve the issues.
On 26 January, violence erupted in parts of Delhi during the farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally.