US singer Cher has been criticised after using bomb and explosion emojis when tweeting about the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on 28 June. Many have deemed the Turn Back Time singer's use of emojis insensitive while one told her to "grow up".
At least 36 people were killed and more than 140 injured when three suicide bombs were detonated in the passenger waiting areas of the Turkish airport. Reacting to the news, Cher told her Twitter: "WE ALL PRAY FOR INNOCENT PPL IN TURKEY AIRPORT," before adding the bomb and explosion emojis. One appalled Twitter user commented: "Omg delete this why did u use the bomb emoji??" while another said: "A tad inconsiderate with the emoji there Cher!"
Another furious user weighed in: "@cher id say grow up ( with the bomb emoji ) but at your age what's the point ! So bloody insensitive !" and another said: "Wrong emoji you've used here Cher, suggest you delete this & start again." One other critic commented: "Cher is trying her best but using the bomb and explosion emoji might not be a good choice here."
Cher has not responded to the backlash over her use of the emojis but she continued to tweet about the Istanbul situation and the Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) terrorist network. The pop star wrote: "AM WATCHING HORROR IN TURKEY & WORKING ON KAAVAN FOR HRS. WAS IN THAT AIRPORT LAST YEAR THIS TIME.SO GLAD MY FRNDS ARE HERE ON VAYCAY."
She later added in reference to the US government: "CIA WARNS CONDOLEEZA RICE
OF IMMANENT TERROR ATTACK 7-01.SHE DID ZERO.CIA WARNS BUSH"Al KAEDA 2DESTROY "8-6-01.HE DID ZERO."3K DIED"... WHY NOT COMPLETELY BLACK OUT ISIS MEDIA?! THEY RECRUIT,BRAG,SHOW PROPAGANDA,THRIVE$,KILL,ALL ON LINE!! PULL THE PLUG."
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attacks as yet but authorities believe IS may be involved. Ataturk international is the third busiest European airport after London's Heathrow and Charles De Gaulle in Paris.