Zayn Malik from One Direction has dared to go where Rihanna chickened out ... he just tweeted, "#FreePalestine."
The 21-year-old singer -- who grew up Muslim -- posted his comment Sunday night and lots of followers quickly reacted. One posted, "Are you still alive? You should be dead by now and kill yourself." Another said, "You and your family need to die."
Someone -- apparently in Israel -- wrote, "U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols wand (sic) me to die."
Malik -- unlike Rihanna -- didn't back down. She removed an identical tweet 8 minutes after it was posted.
'Major Crimes' Star
Twitter Criminal Wishes Him Death
On Malaysian Jet
7/27/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Major Crimes" star Graham Patrick Martin is being terrorized by a cyber stalker who wished him a violent death aboard one of the doomed Malaysian jets.
Someone has created a Twitter account with Martin's name ... using a different middle initial but making it appear it's the actor's official Twitter account. The impostor is going to town, sending more than 100 tweets a day, in one case tweeting, "How unlucky I wasn't on board Flight 370."
The fake Martin also wrote, "I sure have the likability of a Hitler youth." And the fraud is also bashing the real Martin's girlfriend, tweeting, "I think it's sad dat now at her 30s whore doesn't look older than 80, but tomorrow she'll look like infinity."
The guy has been sending more than 100 tweets a day. Twitter shut down the account but the guy just fired up a new one.
The 22-year-old actor has gone to the LAPD asking for help. He's worried people are confusing the impostor for him, which is hurting his image and scaring him and his family.
LAPD just executed a search warrant on Twitter to get info allowing them to track the guy down and arrest him.
Rips ESPN Colleague
Over Dom. Violence Comments
7/25/2014 11:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ESPN has a civil (and gender) war on its hands ... as "SportsNation" host Michelle Beadle has lashed out on Twitter at "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith for his comments about domestic abuse.
It began Friday morning when Smith, in the context of the NFL's suspension of Ray Rice, brought up the idea that there are things women can do to prevent themselves from becoming domestic violence victims.
Beadle, who revealed she was once in an abusive relationship, said she "would never feel clean again" after taking in Smith's comments. She wrote, "I'm thinking about wearing a miniskirt this weekend...I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing so @stephenasmith. #dontprovoke"
She added, "Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away."
For his part, Smith did apologize to Beadle and said he "could've been more articulate on the matter."
But he seemed to make the situation worse when he went on to say, "... What about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? ... I was simply saying that preventive measures always need to be addressed because there's only but so much that can be done after the fact....once the damage is already done."
Oh, the damage is done alright.
Stephen A. Smith has issued another apology, for his apology. Read it here.
NOW I'm Sorry for Malaysian Air Joke
7/17/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Biggs is tucking his digital tail between his legs -- hours after blasting people who took offense to his Malaysia Airlines crash joke ... he's backing down and apologizing.
Biggs tweeted his mea culpa moments ago ... saying he's deleted the crash joke from his page because he didn't mean to offend.
Perhaps understanding how strange his sudden 180 sounds ... Biggs said, "No one is making me send these [apology] tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize."
Jason added, "Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families."
Taking Heat for Malaysia Crash Joke
7/17/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Biggs is getting trashed for joking that he now wants to sell his Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles ... but he's not backing down.
Biggs tweeted shortly after the crash of the 777 jetliner, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?"
People went nuts on Biggs, saying, among other things, "Go f**k a pie you piece of s**t. You're such an attention seeking f**king whore," and "You'd laugh if your kids died in a plane crash?"
Biggs recoiled in anger, saying, "Truly - you losers are literally trying to find s**t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere," and, "Hey, all you 'too soon' assholes - it's a f**king joke. You don't have to think it's funny, or even be on my twitter page at all."
Clearly Not of This Earth
7/17/2014 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hurry up and look at this photo of Elle MacPherson in a bikini, because at some point she's going to return to her home planet and we'll never see her again.
The 50-year-old supermodel (kids, this is what a supermodel looks like) posted the ridiculous photo to her Twitter page the other day, with a caption reading, "Super greens... After super swim."
As if you needed more proof Elle looks INSANE for her age ... Courtney Love just turned 50 as well.
Rock on, Elle.
I Didn't Even Realize
I Tweeted #FreePalestine
7/15/2014 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:45 PM PT -- Rihanna has now tweeted a message praying for peace ... and an end to the conflict in the Middle East.
Rihanna deleted her #FreePalestine tweet 8 minutes after she posted it because she says it was never meant to be sent out in the first place ... a source close to the singer tells TMZ.
One source connected to the situation tells TMZ, "She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted," adding, "She didn't even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans."
The source says Rihanna was reading about the Middle East conflict online when she clicked a link. The next thing she knew ... her fans were asking her why she was pro-Palestine.
Our source says Rihanna is not pro-Palestine or pro-Israel ... "she is pro-peace," saying, "She doesn't want innocent people dying."
So we gotta ask ...
Tweets #FreePalestine ...
Quickly Takes it Back
7/15/2014 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna just inserted herself in the middle of the Middle East conflict by tweeting, "#FreePalestine," but 8 minutes later deleted it.
It's unclear why Rihanna had the change of heart.
The tweet was posted shortly after the proposed Middle East cease fire fell apart.
Rihanna's tweet comes 3 days after NBA star Dwight Howard tweeted the same thing ... just like Rihanna, Howard deleted the post.
Howard later apologized for getting involved in international politics ... No such apology from Rihanna.
We reached out to Rihanna's rep ... so far no word back.
3:45 PM PT -- Rihanna has now tweeted out a message of peace for the Middle East.
I Never Threatened Cheerleading Hunter
It Was a Repost
7/5/2014 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joanna Krupa says it's not a threat if you're quoting someone ... even if you blast it out to 262,079 people.
Krupa was on her way out of Equinox in West Hollywood Friday when she told us the post on her Instagram bashing Texas Tech cheerleader/safari hunter Kendall Jones was not original.
As we previously reported, Kendall's dad says they interpreted the message as a threat, but have no plans to file any sort of police report.
The reality star does have an idea for a fair fight between the animals and the college sophomore.
Still, we gotta ask ...
I'm Not Pregnant
Second 'Glee' Star Hacked
7/4/2014 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lea Michele seemingly announced her pregnancy on Twitter this morning -- but moments later her rep debunked the news ... telling us the actress had been hacked.
As we previously reported ... Chris Colfer received similar treatment yesterday when his account tweeted saying he was let go from the show for personal reasons -- but it turned out to be the work of some internet bandit.
Maybe Glee123 isn't the strongest password.
It's A Lie
I'm NOT Fired From 'Glee!!!'
7/3/2014 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Colfer has NOT been fired from "Glee" -- despite a mysterious tweet that said he was -- and he may be the victim of an Internet hoax ... according to his rep.
The tweet appeared just a few minutes ago ... from his verified account ... saying, "Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly..."
We're told ... his team believes his account was hacked because he's currently on a flight back from London without WiFi access.
The rep says, as far as she knows, Chris will be back for the next season of "Glee."
I'll Fight Rihanna
And Kick Her Ass!
6/27/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T-Boz fired off another salvo in her naked war with Rihanna ... this time upping the stakes by essentially challenging her to a fight.
RiRi and T-Boz squared off earlier this month after T-Boz trashed RiRi for regularly showing way too much skin. Rihanna fired back with a twitter pic of a topless TLC -- i.e., Rihanna called her a hypocrite.
So it was T-Boz' move when we got her outside Bootsy Bellows Thursday night ... and she threw gas on the flames.
So we gotta ask ...
Dreamy McMug Shot
Sends Hearts a-Twitter
6/19/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He may be the hottest criminal since Armie Hammer ... people are going nuts for accused weapons offender Jeremy Meeks.
Those eyes are hijacking Twitter. The 30-year-old Stockton, CA convicted felon is being held on $900,000 bail for illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public and criminal street gang activity. The specific charge is street terrorism.
The Stockton Police Dept.'s Facebook page is blowing up ... with more than 15,000 likes and 3,700 comments.
Another guy -- Terry Bailey -- was arrested during the same police sweep, but his mug shot generated only 14 likes and 4 comments.
Life isn't fair. That said, we gotta ask ....