ADL has received inquiries about an e-mail calling for a boycott of the pop recording artist Shakira, based upon a comment she allegedly made on MTV in Europe. ADL has determined that the rumor is a complete fabrication.
The widely circulated e-mail suggests that during a live appearance on MTV in Europe, Shakira refused to speak to an Israeli fan and stated that she'd "rather have pigs listening to her music than Israelis."
A representative of MTV Networks confirmed to ADL that the comment was not made on any of MTV's 10 European channels. In addition, ADL has received assurances from The DeMann Entertainment Company, the Beverly Hills-based management agency for Shakira, that the accusation is "wild and baseless" and "never happened."
"Anyone who knows Shakira, heard her speak or read her interviews, knows how absurd it is to suggest that she would make any statement that would foster ill will between people of different cultures, countries or faiths," said Freddy DeMann in a letter to ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman.
"This is entirely contrary to her personal beliefs."
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