Selena Gomez received significant backlash after she shared her comments on the ongoing Israel-Palestine War, in an Instagram story.
Gomez is one of many celebrities to break her silence on the war. Moreover, she mentioned taking a break from social media after witnessing horrific images and devastation affecting people in the Middle East.
“I’ve been taking a break from social media because my heart breaks to see all of the horror, hate, violence, and terror that’s going on in the world,” she revealed. “People being tortured and killed or any act of hate towards any one group is horrific.”
Selena Gomez shares statement on Israel and Palestine:
“I’m sorry if my words will never be enough for everyone or a hashtag. I just can’t stand by innocent people getting hurt. That’s what makes me sick. I wish I could change the world. But a post won’t.” pic.twitter.com/vH8rojpVx9
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 31, 2023
Since the attack in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 3,457 Palestinian children. Gomez stressed all people should be protected, especially innocent children. According to DCI-Palestine, an estimated 1,050 Palestinian children are missing under the rubble, indicating the death toll is higher.
“We need to protect ALL people, especially children, and stop the violence for good,” Gomez stated. “I’m sorry if my words will never be enough for everyone or a hashtag. I just can’t stand by innocent people getting hurt. That’s what makes me sick.”
Furthermore, the internet viewed Gomez’s statements as “ignorant,” calling out the actress for victimizing herself and alluding to the victim in this situation that do not pertain to her. One user on X expressed their disappointment.
“I wish I can change the world but a post can’t”
— izzy (@glamorousbb) October 31, 2023
selena gomez said this about blm so her saying that is just her playing the victim card again “I’ve been taking a break from social media” says the girl who was liking pro israel posts on ig “a post can’t change anything” says the girl with 430m followers pic.twitter.com/LksFlBH5f3
— zee (@abstractacd) October 31, 2023
Though fans continue to be in uproar, Gomez has yet to make any further comments regarding her recent statement. Which only leads one to speculate she might go silent for a while.