Catwalk strutter Gigi Hadid got shredded on social media for drawing a comparison between the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.
Ironically, the half-Palestinian model, was criticized for the same post that she offered to financially support those displaced by the war.
“I am pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine,” she wrote on Instagram Sunday.
“Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice. May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion,” Hadid continued.
“At the the [sic] end of the day, innocent lives pay for war- not leaders. HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE.”
Hadid was lauded by the likes of designers Donatella Versace and Diane von Furstenberg, along with fellow models Elsa Hosk, Helana Christensen, and Mimi Cuttrell, but the tide of accolades quickly turned to condemnation when Vogue promoted her post on their page.
“The same as Palestine?! Oh dear somebody please give Gigi a newsfeed,” one commenter sniped. “Oh, and a lesson on how not to hate Jewish people. It’s not a good look.”
“No Gigi, it’s not the same,” An Israeli actress said. “Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign democracy, in an attempt to place it under Russian influence. In that comparison, Israel is a sovereign country and the only consistent democracy in the Middle East and she is the one who’s constantly trying to defend itself against attacks.”
“Wow antisemitism at its best- thanks for equating a war on civilians with the only democracy in the Middle East- btw which side are the Palestinians on (it’s Russia btw) and which side are the Israelis (Ukraine),” wrote another. “Please be on the right side of antisemitism and not make the Jewish peoples lives harder and more dangerous.”
“What are you doing @voguemagazine?” Questioned a reader. “Do not piggy back on “woke” celebrity keyboard warriors. It makes us, your valued reading base, trust you LESS when you post diluted information. Check and post from reliable sources, not @gigihadid ‘s Instagram grid.
A day after the post went up, Vogue edited out the reference to Palestine, and the move was called out by followers as “so disappointing” and a “new low.”