In a nod to rising tensions and sensitivity on social media amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Alicia Keys explained why she deleted an Instagram post on Monday that referenced paragliding.
Earlier on Monday, Keys posted a photo of herself wearing a green leather jacket with the caption: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid of anything??? Tell me your truth…”
She then added: “I’ve got my eye on paragliding…👀👀”
Almost immediately, some users on Instagram called out Keys for being insensitive, with many saying the word gliders was incensed given its use by Hamas terrorists during the infiltration of Israel in the October 7 attack. Some users on Instagram also went so far as to suggest that Keys was wearing green in sympathy with Hamas.
Keys deleted the post, and late Monday posted a short statement to her Instagram Stories. “The post you shared has absolutely nothing to do with the recent devastating loss of innocent lives. My heart is broken….I pray for and advocate for peace.”
Keys and her husband, music producer Swizz Beats, live in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood, an area popular for kitesurfing. The La Jolla neighborhood is also less than 15 minutes from the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Keys also talked about kitesurfing in the area around her home, and how she wanted to try it out. In his December 2021 appearance on Breakfast Club.
In 2013, the Grammy Award-winning artist came under fire for performing in Israel. In response to an open letter from Violet The singer said that author Alice Walker asked Keys not to perform at any concert in Tel Aviv New York times“I am looking forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that aims to unite audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.
Israeli-American talent manager Jay Oseary, who previously managed Keys while she worked with his company Maverick, He defended the singer on Instagram. “There is talk of an anti-Semitic post that my dear friend Alicia Keys posted on her Instagram account,” Oseary wrote. “I can assure anyone in my community who needs to hear this: This is not true.”
“There was a specific word in her post that our community in this very painful time found very triggering, but it was not at all relatable in any way,” Oseary continued. “I spoke to Alicia and she was horrified to learn what the word meant and removed it immediately.”
He added: “Alicia has always been a fighter for all human rights. I’ve had a front row seat for over a decade seeing her positive impact in the world. Her humanitarian work reflects her compassion and heart.”
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