But there are some areas that are too edgy, apparently, even for her. Today, the "Diamonds" singer tweeted, and then deleted, the message "#FreePalestine," as archived by BuzzFeed. Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard had previously done the same, but Howard is not as well-known for his outspokenness online. Rihanna's quick deletion of her tweet indicates, perhaps, just how fraught the ongoing strife in Gaza -- one with two entrenched sides with deeply held positions -- is for public figures of all stripes.
Other performers, though, have announced their boycotts of the nation of Israel, including Roger Waters and Elvis Costello -- but these are artists slightly removed from the mainstream, who have less to lose by taking a political stand. Lady Gaga's current tour is still scheduled for a September date in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, where Rihanna performed in 2013.