Cher, 67, told a fan that she believes Thanksgiving is a holiday that glorifies “a great crime.”
She went on to say the holiday celebrates stealing land from Native Americans who had no concept of property or land ownership and purposely giving them smallpox.
It all started with an expression of gratitude when Cher tweeted, “2 My Crew…I Hope Tomm.is a Glorious day 4 ALL OF U Remember.. A Kind Word, Gesture, Or Compliment can make ANY1′s DAY! THANX4BeingThere4Me.”
A Twitter follower then tweeted, “@Cher you don’t celebrate the holiday I thought? Or was that something I was just told?”
She responded that she didn’t.
Cher wrote, “I DON’T! 4 me & my Family,it’s a day, When every1 is free 4Diner & a movie,Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.”
Another Twitter follower asked her to elaborate on what “crime” she was referring to, and Cher explained her comment.
The singer tweeted, “Stealing Land,from a ppl,Who believed,Owning LAND Was LIke Owning SKY! We gave them Blankets laced w/Smallpox.”
Cher, who has Cherokee ancestry, is known for her left-wing views and once said George W. Bush’s eight years in office “almost killed” her.
In September 2013, the singer declined an invitation to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia due to the country’s controversial anti-gay legislation.
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