On February 2, Rihanna posted her protest against the Indian government’s recent action against its farmers on Twitter, with the caption “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest”. The tweet went viral with over a thousand likes, two thousand retweets and her fans are just as angry about the outrageous situation.
The Indian government has banned the internet in many areas of New Delhi, because of a farmers’ protest against agricultural reforms, which they say will kill small businesses and lower their quality of life. The protest also led to violent clashes with the police over the weekend.
Firstly, the internet ban should have been only for 24 hours (until February 1, 2021) however the government has extended this until further notice. The aim of this is considered “undemocratic“, as it cuts communication between the farmers union, while over 100 protestants are missing.
Rihanna has 101 million followers on Twitter and mobilized a series of people such as Greta Thunberg, Mia Khalifa, and Meena Harris to stand up with her in the protest tweet. The Indian authorities judged the star’s tweet as “The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible”.
Bollywood actors Richa Chadha and Swara Bhasker are praising Rihanna for being the first international artist to support the cause, while many Bollywood celebrities have silenced themselves to their own people.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021