Mia Khalifa reiterates support for farmers

The Lebanese American artist slams those who called farmers ‘paid actors’

Published - February 05, 2021 09:36 pm IST - Mumbai

Former adult star Mia Khalifa on Friday said she was “still standing with the farmers” after her comments, criticising the treatment being meted to protesting farmers, drew sharp reactions.

A tweet by international pop star Rihanna on Tuesday triggered a wave of support for protesting farmers with a number of global celebrities, activists and politicians expressing their solidarity with them. Ms. Khalifa too had shared a tweet.

The government had criticised the tweets by Ms. Rihanna and other celebrities, saying that facts on the issue must be ascertained before people rushing to comment on the issue, calling it “neither accurate nor responsible.”

Ms. Khalifa, 27, took to Twitter again and shared a picture from a protest by a group of people, holding placards and posters of her, Ms. Rihanna and Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

One of the placards read, “Mia Khalifa regains consciousness.” She quipped about the gaffe and wrote, “Confirming I have in fact regained consciousness, and would like to thank you for your concern, albeit unnecessary. Still standing with the farmers, though.” Ms. Khalifa had earlier criticised the Internet shutdown at protest sites and tweeted, “What in the human rights violations is going on?!” In a subsequent tweet on Wednesday, the Lebanese American artist had also slammed those who called farmers “paid actors.” “‘Paid actors’ huh? Quite the casting director, I hope they’re not overlooked during awards season. I stand with the farmers. #FarmersProtest,” she had written.

Meena Harris, an American lawyer and niece of U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris, actress Amanda Cerni, singers Jay Sean and Dr. Zeus and Hollywood star John Cusack have also voiced their support to the protesting farmers.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting at three border points on the outskirts of Delhi demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws.

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