Monday, June 17, 2024

Model Gigi Hadid Tries to Apologize (Sorta) for Pro-Palestinian Posts Furthering Antisemitism


I’ve been writing about model Gigi Hadid’s pro-Palestinian, antisemitic posts on her social media pages. Hadid and her family have Palestinian blood, but they’ve equated rallying for their people by attacking Israel. I think they — she and her sister, Bella — don’t understand that these posts are interpreted by their combined mammoth 140 million Instagram followers to respond with hate, not justice.

Now Hadid has created a new post to explain the prior ones and to show sympathy for the Jewish hostages. It’s a kinda-sorta apology, like saying “I’m sorry…but…”

She is clearly being told to do this after I’ve connected her posts to “Maestro,” the movie from her alleged boyfriend, Bradley Cooper, about the famously pro-Israel, pro-Zionist late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein would be furious to be associated with anything like Hadid’s posts.

The third paragraph is the most important here.

Let’s hope she means it, and this isn’t just a sop to protect a movie.

That would be too bad, because “Maestro” is excellent.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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