John Legend’s Twitter comments about the American government’s involvement in the Israel-Gaza conflict were met with the now familiar contrast of applause and distain.
The latest in an ever-growing line of famous faces passing comment on the worsening violence in the Middle East via social media, the singer/songwriter posted the following on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent attempts to broker a ceasefire deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians:
"So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on him."
"Thank you for standing up for humanity!" one follower wrote.
"Epic tweet," another posted back.
However, not all were so positive.
"Don't talk about things you know nothing about," one fan responded.
"But you probably think Obama’s done a single positive thing for this country. Another clueless celebrity," one tweeted.
So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on himJohn Legend (@johnlegend) July 30, 2014
"Thats Bcause Israel cabinet is not Naie/stupid to beleibe words of Obama administration like US media/public[sic]” said another.
Legend later clarified his comments by posting the following:
For those asking, of course I believe the Palestinian and Israeli people all deserve peace, freedom, justice and genuine human rights.John Legend (@johnlegend) July 30, 2014
I don't claim to know the path to peace though. Surely, more of the same is a disaster.John Legend (@johnlegend) July 30, 2014
The American musician and actor, 35, has been vocal in his support for the plight of the Palestinian refugees in the past.
Speaking to graduates at the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn alum delivered a heartfelt speech to students on the meaning of love.
"[Love is] a pretty radical notion. It means your daughter or son, your neighbor’s daughter or son and the daughters and sons of people who live thousands of miles away, all deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It means we let go of fear and see each other’s humanity.
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"It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponized human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way. It means American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives.
"It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover. It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re ‘our’ girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way."