US rapper Kid Cudi posts throwback photo of pre-Oscar Rami Malek

Rami Malek and Kid Cudi at the US premiere of “Need for Speed 2.” AFP
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Updated 05 April 2020

US rapper Kid Cudi posts throwback photo of pre-Oscar Rami Malek

DUBAI: Celebrities, like all of us right now, are scrolling through old photographs and posting them on social media as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic leaves us reminiscing about better times. Case in point: US rapper Kid Cudi, who took to his Twitter account on Sunday to upload a throwback photograph of himself and US-Egyptian actor Rami Malek on the set of “Need for Speed 2” in 2013.

“My boy Rami and me behind-the-scenes of ‘Need for Speed’ I think 2013,” the Brooklyn-based rapper captioned the photograph. “Rami has gone on to do amazing things and I’m truly thankful I got a chance to work with him. One of the illest actors I know. I love you brother!”

Kid Cudi (right) posted the throwback photo online. Twitter

Indeed, since the film’s release in 2014, Malek has gone on to star in the critically-acclaimed “Mr. Robot” and win a string of acting accolades, including an Oscar for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Kid Cudi, though he didn’t pursue an acting career, also went on to have a fruitful few years, including collaborating with Kanye West on the acclaimed album “Kids See Ghosts” in 2018.

Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing post 

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Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing post 

DUBAI: Instagram apologized to model Bella Hadid who called out the social media platform for taking down her post, which stated that her father, real estate mogul Mohammed Hadid, was born in Palestine.

This week, the 23-year-old, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, shared a photograph of her father’s expired American passport, which showed his place of birth as Palestine, on her Instagram Story, writing “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine.”

Bella Hadid called out social media platform Instagram for taking down her post. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

On Tuesday, Hadid revealed to her 31.4 million Instagram followers that the post was taken down, as it allegedly breached Instagram’s company guidelines.

“Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that,” she added alongside a screenshot of a notification she received from the social media platform that stated her post was removed for going against community guidelines. 

Instagram took down the post for allegedly breaching community guidelines. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

According to New York’s Page Six, a spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, told the publication: “To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram.”

The representative added: “In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn’t have been removed. We’ve restored the content and apologized to Bella for the mistake.”