Rihanna Gives a Shoutout to Palestine in Tel Aviv Concert
Rihanna hit Tel Aviv this week for the latest stop on her Diamonds World Tour. The 25-year-old pop star, who reportedly started the show more than two hours late, took a political tone with her lyrics while in the Israeli city.
According to reports, Rihanna changed a portion of the lyrics of hit song "Pour It Up" from "All I see is signs / All I see is dollar signs" to "All I see is Palestine."
The singer made mention of Tel Aviv multiple times during the show, shouting out to the crowd, "You know I love my friends all over the world, but it’s been too long since I’ve been back here in Tel Aviv," without mentioning Israel itself.
Months prior to her show in Tel Aviv, Rihanna was indirectly involved in a different dispute regarding ongoing tensions in the area. After hackers took issue with Google's labeling of the state as Israel, rather than Palestine, the group took over Google's Palestine search page, voicing their grievances and adding that users should "listen to Rihanna and be cool."
Rihanna's choice with her lyrics was not the singer's first bold move that put her name in the news while traveling in the Middle East. Earlier this week, Rihanna was kicked out of a mosque for staging a photo shoot on the grounds of the religious site.
Source: The Huffington Post