Vogue Receives Backlash For Removing 'Palestine' From Gigi Hadid's Donation Pledge

Vogue Receives Backlash For Removing ‘Palestine’ From Gigi Hadid’s Donation Pledge

The popular magazine, Vogue has come under fire for removing the word ‘Palestine’ from an Instagram post where it commended the Palestinian-Dutch model Gigi Hadid’s vow to donate all of her Fashion Month earnings to people in Ukraine and Palestine.

Gigi, whose father is a Palestinian, revealed on March 6 that she will be donating her profits from the fall runway shows to individuals affected by the conflict both in Ukraine and Palestine.

Gigi Hadid wrote, “Following in the footsteps of my friend [Mica Arganaraz], I am pledging to donate my earnings from Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine”. The supermodel said, “Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice” before concluding, “HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE.” 

Vogue did mention her efforts saying the model was contributing money to both nations, but soon after that, StopAntisemitism.org slammed the magazine for “fanning the flames of anti-Semitism. A day after, Vogue’s Instagram post made no mention of Palestine, instead claiming Hadid was just donating to Ukraine’s relief efforts.

However, after receiving yet more outrage, it has now added Palestine, along with an Editor’s Note that reads, We have updated this caption to accurately reflect Gigi Hadid’s statement on her donation.”

Even after deleting and adding the term Palestine, famous celebrities and social media users have slammed Vogue for their deception and complicity. A person tweeted, “So @GiGiHadid announced that she will be donating money to Ukraine & Palestine. @voguemagazine posted about this & edited it shortly after removing the word Palestine. This is erasure 101. And if this happens to Gigi, imagine what happens to the rest of us.”

This is not the first time the Hadid family has been subject to online censorship for their views on Palestine

Another added, “Yet another example confirming that actual cancel culture and censorship can routinely be seen in media discussion of Palestine – in this case the very word itself was pulled by @voguemagazine. Utterly shameless.”

Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian activist, slammed the article, claiming that, “a mainstream media outlet has literally erased and obstructed the facts of a news item because Zionists did not like it. So much for journalistic integrity and ethics.”

Another social media user called out the magazine and shed light on the “shameful” nature of Vogue’s “whitewashing of Israeli Apartheid,” claiming that #PalestinianLivesMatter as well, even if they “do not make your pages and covers.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Hadid family has been subject to online censorship for their views on Palestine. Gigi’s sister, Bella Hadid had called out the social media platforms in 2020 for censoring one of her posts where she published a photo of her father’s passport.

She emphasized the location of birth which said Palestine. The model stated, “You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that.”

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