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For the past few months, India has been seeing a massive farmers’ protest. Several celebrities came out in support of the farmers and urged the government to listen to their demands. On February 2, pop singer Rihanna took to Twitter and shared a tweet about the ongoing protest. Post which, it was reported that Rihanna has been paid a whopping amount for her tweet by the Canada-based Poetic Justice Foundation (PFJ). And now, the foundation has come out with a statement countering the claims.

Their website has released an official statement that talks about these claims. Rihanna’s tweet reads, “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest” She also shared a photo of the protest. Now, the organisation has stated that they didn’t coordinate with Rihanna or any other celebrity regarding the tweets on farmers’ protest. 

A joined statement has been issued by Mo Dhaliwal and Anita Lal, co-founders of PFJ. The statement starts with, “We didn’t pay anyone to tweet — and certainly didn’t pay anyone $2.5m to do so. However, we did generally encourage the entire world to share this issue. Through the international collective of organizers we encouraged the world to pay attention and amplify this message.”

“9 months and $2.5 million later, we’ve got some explaining to do. This start-up non-profit organization in Canada never imagined it would need to comment on Rihanna, Greta Thunberg, and Republic Day in India. Yet, somehow, the only real link between the three of us seems to be that we respect human rights,” read a part of the caption of their official statement.

Well, if the whooping amount for a tweet is true, we all wish to be a pop icon like Rihanna someday.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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