Rihanna Twitter


UPDATE: Hours after her initial posting, Ri-Ri tweeted, "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?...."


You can add Rihanna to the list of celebrities who've tweeted about a political topic—and then swiftly deleting their comments due to the potentially controversial subject matter.

Earlier today, the 26-year-old singer took to Twitter to write the hashtag "#FreePalestine." However, just minutes later, the tweet about the Middle East was gone from her feed. Clearly, Ri-Ri quickly realized the succinct message about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would anger many fans.

But Rihanna isn't the first to tweet then delete a political post. Here are five other stars who removed their controversial Twitter statements.

Patricia Heaton, Emmys Worst Dressed

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1. Patricia Heaton: The actress found herself in hot water back in March 2012 after she went on a Twitter rant attacking Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student and reproductive rights advocate who testified before Democratic members of Congress about why contraception should be covered by insurance companies. After posting her conservative tweets, Heaton deleted her entire Twitter account. She later apologized, "I apologized to Ms Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn't treat her with respect and I'm sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa."

Kim Kardashian


2. Kim Kardashian: In November 2012, Kardashian tweeted then deleted, "praying for everyone in Israel" and "praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!" She later wrote a message after some fan backlash. "I want to own up to and explain that earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize," she wrote. "I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them. The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didnt choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires."

Ashton Kutcher

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3. Ashton Kutcher: The actor outraged many when he shared his thoughts on the Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky child-abuse sex scandal in November 2011. "How do you fire Jo Pa?" Kutcher tweeted then deleted. "#insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste." But as he explained in a blog post, he had tweeted without knowing all the facts and apologized, adding that his tweets woule now be monitored.

January Jones

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4. January Jones: In June 2014, January Jones posted a throwback Thursday photo from her early modeling days showing her in a tribal-inspired sweater vest and standing in-between what looked like two shirtless African men. After some called the modeling setup racist, she took the pic down and shared, "I had to swap my #tbt pics because I was receiving to many negative comments and assumptions. This forum should be a happy and fun place I had no patience for hate."

Dr. Phil McGraw


5. Dr. Phil: The TV host got heat when his account posted the question, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teenaccused" on Twitter in August 2013. After angry fans accused the tweet of promoting date rape, a spokesperson for Dr. Phil's show said, "This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic. It was not intended to be taken lightly. It's based upon a recent news story, hence the #teenaccused label."

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