Gigi Hadid Was NOT Here for This Journalist’s Islamophobic Tweet
As New Yorkers continue to mourn the loss of the eight victims taken in Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City, plenty of words of condolence and support have flooded social media. One tweet in particular, however, did not sit well with supermodel Gigi Hadid, who called out its author for gross intolerance.
The tweet in question came from Laura Loomer, a political reporter and online personality who posted a photo of two women in hijabs walking just a few blocks from where the incident happened.
“Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC
#ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs,” she wrote.
She took things one step further with a subsequent tweet, writing, “You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs at cross street of the attack. But they don’t… I bet they’re loving this.”
Hadid, whose sister Bella proclaimed herself a proud Muslim back in April, was NOT having it. “Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you- You’re a f**king moron,” she tweeted in response.
The model’s followers were quick to applaud her outspoken stance against hate. “Thank you so much for taking a stand,” one user wrote. “This is really important. Celebs need to use their platform and speak up.”
Though she celebrated the Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” of Eid el-Adha with the family of her boyfriend, Zayn Malik, earlier this year, the fashion designer has never publicly addressed her faith or lack thereof. She drew some criticism earlier this year, however, for wearing a bejewelled hijab of her own on the cover of Vogue Arabia. As the cover star explained at the time, it was important to her, as a half-Palestinian woman (Hadid’s father, Mohomad Hadid, is of Palestinian descent), to have such visibility, and expressed her desire for ongoing representation and diversity in the industry.
“I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogues is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures,” she wrote.
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