UAE star scorned over anti-Robin Williams tweet
Balqis Fathi tweeted exclaiming at the attention garnered
Emarati entertainer Balqees Fathi has come under fire for posting a tweet on Tuesday in which she questioned the attention dedicated to Robin William’s death.
“I woke up this morning to a ginormous display of emotion for the news of Hollywood actor Robin William’s death of depression. Frankly, I did not sympathize with him, and thanked god for the blessing of Islam.”
صحيت على كمية تعاطف مهولة مع قصة انتحار روبن ويليامز الممثل الهوليودي الشهير اثر نوبة اكتئاب.حقيقة لم أتعاطف معه وحمدت الله على نعمة الاسلام— Balqees (@BalqeesFathi) August 12, 2014
The tweet attracted mixed reviews, with some supporting the Emirati artist’s message while others criticizing her religious intolerance.
Upon noticing the backlash, Fathi tweeted: “I post here my personal opinions that may or may not appeal to others without overstepping on anyone then a group that disagrees with my views comes along and oversteps on me, a bunch of unrespectable people. Block”
Fathi, who's music videos have recevived more than 10 million hits on YouTube, then tweeted a video saying: “I found this video of him [Williams] …he mocks the Quran in front of millions for the sake of his Zionist views. I know I am right. I dedicate this to his fans.”
In the video, Williams is performing a standup routine making fun of what would happen when a “jihadist” reaches “the gates of heaven” and expects 72 virgins only to be met by 71 “Virginians.”
Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.
He had batteled with severe depression, his publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement, and the actor had repeatedly talked about his past struggles with alcohol.
On her twitter account, Fathi identifies herself as an Emarati of Yemeni descent.