A large charitable donation made in October of 2013 has sparked outrage in the social media world against American Idol and X-Factor's Simon Cowell.
Cowell reportedly gave $150,000 to the Friends Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) during a fundraiser held last fall in Los Angeles.
Simon Cowell at FIDF Gala
Singer Lionel Richie and songwriter David Foster performed at the event that raised a staggering $20 million for the non-profit organization and, according to the Mirror, also included "six-figure donations" from "a number of TV, film and music execs."
The charity was established by holocaust survivors in 1981 and supports the men and women serving in the IDF as well as assisting the families of fallen Israeli soldiers.
Almost a month after the fundraiser, The Mirror wrote that the 54-year-old Cowell made the donation "to please pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman."
According to TheBlaze's Sharona Schwartz, the donation was not a secret. She stated, "the donation was widely reported -- at least in jewish/pro israel media -- when it happened."
A week ago, the website Truth Revolt posted a story that seems to have ignited some of the online anger against Cowell for his support of Israel's military. In a relatively short time, Twitter erupted with angry and insulting tweets.
Some were innocent enough.
Lost the rest of my respect for this bloke #simoncowell #FreeGaza pic.twitter.com/5OhrNrSlL0
— Maggie (@magxsmal) July 12, 2014
A few of the Twitter slams attempted to make a point using humor.
We haven't thanked you #SimonCowell for creating them, we truly can't thank you enough! #4YearsOfOneDirection #Gaza pic.twitter.com/2NKyec9qnb
— _ (@El__Moro) July 23, 2014
However, many were angry and lacking any kind of filter.
Rude Jew Rat #SimonCowell Gives $150,000 to the IDF to Support Baby Killing http://t.co/jn86GSJtRG
— Hartwig Hartkern (@HartwigHartkern) July 23, 2014
Celebrity fool "@damiencarty: @georgegalloway Here's a celebrity fool #SimonCowell donates large sum to IDF!! http://t.co/hRLWPqgJ1m” — Andrew Hammond (@Hammonda1) July 20, 2014
Nice to see that #Simoncowell funds the murder of children. Well done Simon you odious prick. #FreeGaza http://t.co/M5youaARZq
— Jumbocords (@Jumbocords) July 20, 2014
#SimonCowell u have money to this country's army to do this shame on u pic.twitter.com/VRbn4BGe19
— SSA (@LoveshakDr) July 19, 2014
TheBlaze has reached out to Simon Cowell's representatives for comment. If we receive a statement, we will add it to this story.
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