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Claim: During a recent MTV appearance, singer Shakira said she'd rather have pigs listening to her music than Israelis.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: Shakira is the popular 25-year-old Colombian-born singing star who won two 2000 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Ojos Así") and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance ("Octavo Día").
Unfortunately, someone has seen fit to attach her name to the same type of apocryphal, racist quote that has dogged designer Tommy Hilfiger for years ("If I knew that blacks and Asians were going to wear my clothes, I would have never designed them") and has also been attributed to singer Lauryn Hill ("I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums," also supposedly said during an MTV interview). Why Shakira would be the purported utterer of an vicious anti-Israeli statement is a mystery (perhaps because of her ethnicity — her father is American-born of Lebanese descent and her mother is Colombian), but MTV confirmed that she made no such statement on any of their programs, nor would they have broadcast it if she had.
This rumor is even more implausible in light of the fact that on
Last updated: 3 December 2007
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