Two things in life have proven to be true: 1) Rihanna is a bad gal and 2) like most bad gals when you come for her she’ll read you for filth.
Unfortunately for UK columnist Liz Jones, she learned those two truths the hard way.
Earlier this week in her column for the Daily Mail UK, Jones wrote a piece on The Caribbean’s Fairest Maiden™ titled, “Pop’s Poisonous Princess: Glorying In Drugs, Guns And Sleaze, Rihanna’s Toxic Role Model For Her Army Of Young Fans, Says Liz Jones.”
Sidebar: And to think, I thought I wrote long titles! Her title definitely isn’t 24HourHipHop-approved.
But I digress.
The article’s content–to say the least—is an inflammatory attack on Rihanna’s lifestyle.
Here’s a teaser of Jones read on Rihanna via her article:
Jones hits every point imaginable including the singer’s drug use, fashion sense, tattoos, nails, hair, and her personality.
Throughout the article, she highlights Rihanna’s decisions and pegs the pop star as a poor role model for her young, impressionable fans.
On her brazen sexuality:
On her justification of coming for Rihanna while her male counterparts partake in the same scrupulous behavior sans judgment (Hello! Double standard, much?):
That’s right: She said this about Our Favorite Bajan™: “This poisonous pop princess should come with a government health warning.”
Too bad she didn’t anticipate Rihanna’s glorious response.
In a previous interview with Vogue magazine, Rihanna admitted that she has no intentions of being a role model.
“See, people – especially white people – they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead,” Rihanna explained. ”The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and being a role model became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it.”
In the past, Jones other
reads articles about celebrities have caused her to be blackballed by Victoria Beckham and the fashion industry’s key players at Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. Even her real-life friends have given her the cold shoulder as she’s also written about them.
Share your thoughts: Was Jones piece on Rihanna appropriate journalism for a media outlet like the Daily Mail UK? Was Rihanna’s read justified? Whose points were more accurate: Jones, Rihanna, or both? If Rihanna says she doesn’t want to be a role model, does it lend Jones’ points to be null & void? Isn’t it comforting to know that Rihanna doesn’t need the Illuminati to defend her (especially when she has the Kemetic strength of Isis protecting her and a defiant Caribbean attitude to boot)?
By Carla St. Louis (@SheWrites007)