Indians Google ‘Is Rihanna a Muslim? Is Rihanna Pakistani?’ After Viral Tweet


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After Rihanna tweeted in support of farmers protesting against the Indian government’s newly enacted farm laws on Tuesday, her post went viral. Indians started speculating about her religion.

Rihanna has become the biggest trending topic in India ever since she tweeted about the ongoing farmers’ protest.

The singer, actor and entrepreneur tweeted in support of the farmers. She asked the world “Why are we not talking about this?” With the hashtag #FarmersProtest.

Within minutes of this single tweet, a huge spike in Google trends was seen, as people Googled to find who she really was.


Most prominently, Rihanna trended on Google too. As several tweets by netizens suggested, many people were hearing about the singer for the first time. As a result, Google searches about the singer increased as well. Amid the usual searches like ‘who is Rihanna?’, people also searched for her religion and whether the singer was Muslim.

Google trends suggest that searches on keywords and phrases such as ‘Is Rihanna Muslim?’ and ‘Rihanna religion’ have peaked in the past few days. In fact, in the related queries around the keyword ‘Rihanna’, the question that topped the list was ‘Is Rihanna Pakistani?’

Rihanna Rihanna’s tweet saw a divided Twitter. Some were of the opinion that her tweet will highlight the ongoing farmers protest in the country to the international media, more so with Rihanna tweeting about it to her 100 million strong social media family. Others called it ‘paid’. Many others strongly reacted to it, suggesting that the pop star shouldn’t be talking about things she doesn’t know about.

Soon after Rihanna’s tweet, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut tweeted, calling her a fool and a dummy. Kangana also said the protesting farmers were terrorists.

She tweeted: “No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA…
Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.”

Other search trends on Rihanna involved her music and where she was from.

On the other hand, scores of widows of farmers on Thursday staged a noisy protest in Yavatmal to slam the Bollywood actress for her “anti-farmer remarks”, burnt her effigy and demanded an unconditional apology from her.

Apart from Rihanna, several other international personalities who also tweeted about the farmers’ protests were Greta Thunberg, Hasan Minhaj, Lilly Singh, John Cusack, Amanda Cerny, Mia Khalifa and many more.

Indian celebrities on Wednesday hit back at pop superstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for making social media comments about mass farmers’ protests.

Meanwhile, farmers protesting at the Singhu Border also expressed their gratitude towards the singer. They said, “We’re grateful to Rihanna ji for her support, though we did not know who she was until this evening. Our youngsters showed us the tweet just now and told us who she is. All the farmers from across the country want to thank Rihanna for supporting our voice and for the timely gesture she has made.”

On the other hand, a day after Rihanna’s tweet, Bollywood stars such as Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar, and sportspersons such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble joined the Centre’s call to stand united against “propaganda” against India’s policies.

As the government and farmers set out ever tougher positions in their two month-old battle over new agriculture laws, sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar and a host of Bollywood stars hit out at what the foreign ministry called “sensationalist” Twitter comments.


Rihanna’s tweet about farmers has been a long-standing issue in India. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points, demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price for their crops. Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the wholesale market system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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