Cher Slams Thanksgiving Because of Smallpox Legend

| by Michael Allen

Cher often causes controversy on Twitter, and did so again on Wednesday when she encouraged people not to celebrate Thanksgiving, which she called the beginning of a "great crime."

After being asked by a fan about Thanksgiving, Cher tweeted: "I DON’T. 4 me and my family it's a day, when everyone is free 4 dinner & a movie. Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime."

According to Mediaite.com, another fan asked her to elaborate on the "crime" part, to which Cher tweeted back: "Stealing Land, from a ppl, Who believed, Owning Land Was Like Owning SKY! We gave them Blankets laced w/ Smallpox.”

However, the smallpox incident may not be true, according to StraightDope.com.

Lord JeffreyAmherst, who was general of British forces during the French & Indian war, considered giving blankets with smallpox to the Indians in a letter to Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1763:

P.S. I will try to innoculate the Indians by means of Blankets that may fall in their hands, taking care however not to get the disease myself. As it is pity to oppose good men against them, I wish we could make use of the Spaniard's Method, and hunt them with English Dogs. Supported by Rangers, and some Light Horse, who would I think effectively extirpate or remove that Vermine.

Sources: Mediaite.com, StraightDope.com, Twitter