International mega-star Cher has proved her emoji game is somewhat questionable, after over-using the symbols to lambast the so-called Islamic State.
The award-winning singer intended to issue her support for plans to tighten visa waivers in America in the wake of the Paris terror attacks on Monday, but things didn't go to plan.
VISA WAIVER NOT SAFE 4🇺🇸 We r At War W/ppl Who Want 2 Come 2🇺🇸& Kill 🇺🇸'ns,WHY Make It EASY⁉️Also,If Ppl Go 2 ISIS 2🔪💣💥LET THEM STAY W/ISIS— Cher (@cher) November 30, 2015
Here's a quick translation, sans-emoji: "Visa waiver not safe for America, we are at war with people who want to come to America; kill American's, why make it easy?! Also, if people go to Isis to knife, bomb (kill) let them stay with Isis."
Rather than put critics of the new visa rules to rights, however, she ended up causing a vitriolic backlash, apparently disappointing many of her followers.
@imraansiddiqi damn one minute I'm like hell yeah she's awesome...now it's 😧😧😧— A vegan Crow (@cubancuervo) November 30, 2015
Cher is the James Joyce of emojis.— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) December 1, 2015
As it quickly became apparent that the social network's 140 character limit probably isn't conducive to her verbose opinions on the matter, Cher issued a series of apologies and explanations.
DUMB Tried2 stretch 140 too Far.Our vetting system protects us.Offered 2Take Family in2 my home,still want2.But Visa waiver doesnt VET ANY1— Cher (@cher) December 1, 2015
If u don't Like/Trust,feel Ive stood 4 downtrodden,u will C what u want,in my words.Too many 🇺🇸I Fear,tried 2save words.Shame,I feel 4 All😥— Cher (@cher) December 1, 2015
Im in Cross hairs& should Lay low,But Does my ENTIRE LIFE CRED=That fkng twt?I was Crying😭,txtg AC RE MY RAGE AGAINST TRUMP.I FEAR4🇺🇸
W/HIM— Cher (@cher) December 1, 2015
She also showed the world how to use the 'screw' emoji.
@sweet_coloosh I've🔩d up b4 Twtg.If I offended,Am Sorry, wasnt my inten.We've had Both,4N &Domestic Terrorists B4,but Inshallah,we'll B Safe— Cher (@cher) December 1, 2015
Under the new rules, America's Department of Homeland Security will begin collecting information from travellers about past visits to "countries constituting a terrorist safe haven", the White House said in a statement.
The new policies will include capturing more information about whether people attempting to travel via the visa waiver program had previously traveled to certain countries with terrorist presence.
Those opposed believe these rules will unfairly target those travelling to the states from Islamic countries, regardless of the threat of terror links.