Famous women who were demonized by the media
Dua Lipa calls out full-page ad in New York Times accusing her and the Hadids of 'anti-Semitism'
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Despite the recent progress in gender equality, sexism in media coverage of powerful women is woefully untamed. Female celebrities and politicians have their appearances scrutinized and criticized exponentially more than men in the same position. Their appearance is tied to their likeability and eligibility for positions of power. Every step is carefully observed, the paparazzi are just waiting to capture the fall.
Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid have been using their platforms to show support for Palestine amid the ongoing violence and human rights injustices in Gaza and East Jerusalem that have killed over 240 Palestinians, including 66 children, and left nearly 100,000 Palestinians displaced. The Hadids' father is Palestinian, and Dua Lipa is dating their brother, Anwar. But a full-page advertisement taken out in the New York Times on May 22 accused the three young women of "anti-Semitism" for their anti-occupation, anti-apartheid stances. Produced and paid for by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network, Vulture reports, the ad features photos of the stars superimposed on an image of Hamas rockets and claims that “the three mega-influencers have vilified the Jewish state” by spreading “disgusting libel.”
Lipa responded in a statement posted to Twitter: “I utterly reject the false and appalling allegations that were published in the New York Times advertisement,” and added, "This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government whose actions in Palestine both Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem accuse of persecution and discrimination."
She explained that she believes all people, whether they're Jewish, Muslim, or Christian, "have the right to live in peace as equal citizens of a state they choose," and added, "The World Values Network are shamelessly using my name to advance their ugly campaign with falsehoods and blatant misrepresentations of who I am and what I stand for. I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism.”
As the world slowly starts to see through the character assassinations that put these women's livelihoods at risk and try to scare them out of having a voice, click through this gallery to see which other famous females suffered at the hands of the media, and how.
LIFESTYLE Olympic games
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