Hours after she caught flack online for spreading conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to wireless 5G network, Keri Hilson has since backpedaled.
On Sunday (March 15), the R&B singer-songwriter came under fire online after she posted a series of tweets and videos on social media connecting the rampant spread of the coronavirus to the expansion of 5G networks. According to Hilson, radiation from the wireless networks make people more susceptible to contracting the respiratory illness.
“People have been trying to warn us about 5G for YEARS. Petitions, organizations, studies...what we’re going [through] is the [effects] of radiation,” she warned on Twitter. “5G launched in CHINA. Nov 1, 2019. People dropped dead. See attached & go to my IG stories for more. TURN OFF 5G by disabling LTE!!!”
Many users on the social platform were swift in shutting her down. People were especially upset with Hilson and felt it was irresponsible of her to spread misinformation at a precarious time when emotions are running high due to the coronavirus.
It seems the backlash over the songstress’ controversial thoughts was so intense to the point that her management team had to step in. On Monday (March 16), Hilson popped back on Twitter where she shared that her management team asked her to remove the tweets.
“Management has asked me to delete vid/articles,” she announced to her 4.2 million followers. “I appreciate good discourse on unconventional thinking. Let’s all just be safe out there, cuz whatever the cause [of] the virus [is] a real thing. May God be with us...prayers to alllllll.”
“Now who else [is] already fighting’ to stay out their snacks & control their food portions?!” she continued in another tweet. “I feel like I’m talking to my inner 6-year old, “This is not a party, Keri. This is NOT A PARTY.’”
See her updated responses to the controversy below:
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