Officials in India have responded after Rihanna’s farmers’ protest tweet ended up going viral on Tuesday evening.
why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest https://t.co/obmIlXhK9S— Rihanna (@Rihanna)1612279791.0
Within a number of hours, her post had been shared over 200,000 times and had received thousands of responses.
Canada's NDP leader, who has chatted with the singer in the past, thanked her for "consistently uplifting and empowering the voices of the oppressed."
However, India's external affairs ministry responded to say that “the temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”
Pragyan Ojha, a well-known former cricketer in the country, replied directly to Rihanna and wrote, “My country is proud of our farmers and knows how important they are, I trust it will be addressed soon. We don’t need an outsider poking her nose in our internal matters!”
His reaction was liked by over 43,000 Twitter-users.
Demonstrations have been occurring in India, and across the world, for several months as farmers in the country protest laws they say will put their livelihoods and freedom at risk.