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J-Lo removes All Lives Matter hashtag

Press AssociationPress Association 16/07/2016

Jennifer Lopez says she didn't realise the sensitivity surrounding the social media hashtag All Lives Matter after she was criticised for tweeting the phrase to promote her Orlando benefit song.

The US music star posted a picture on Twitter with the message after performing her tribute to the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Florida which claimed 49 lives.

She deleted the tweet following a backlash from social media users, who argued the hashtag AllLivesMatter has been used as a counter-argument to BlackLivesMatter, the phrase inspired by the fatal shootings of black people by police in the US.

Lopez, 46, said her tweet was intended to voice support for victims of "all the senseless acts of violence" in the US and abroad in recent weeks.

"I was only trying to be inclusive. I didn't realise there was such sensitivity to it in that moment which is why I decided to take it down.

Speaking at a screening of her new film Ice Age: Collision Course, in Los Angeles, Lopez said her song, Love Make The World Go Round, with stage star Lin-Manuel Miranda was a message of "love and unity".

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