RiRi is unapologetic indeed: Taking a page out of M.I.A.’s playbook, the outspoken pop star reacted to an unfavorable article written about her in the UK’s Daily Mail by taking swipes at the author via social media.
It all began when journalist Liz Jones took Rihanna to task in the Mail for being a “toxic role model,” admonishing the multiplatinum singer for, in Jones’ opinion, regularly promoting sex- and drug-laden imagery, publicly continuing her relationship with abusive beau Chris Brown, and flaunting “the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst.” Hmm.
It goes on. “Is it fair that we berate female stars for being bad, when we don’t admonish men in the same way?” Jones asked, before quickly answering herself: “Yes, it is fair. Because young women are far more impressionable than young men.”
“I wish she’d stop infecting our High Streets with her gun tattoos, her false nails and fake hair, her bogus bad-ass shenanigans that try to portray her as ‘real’, as ‘street’, as her own person, as strong and single-minded,” the writer continued saying of Rihanna while reminding readers that the singer graced the cover of Vogue last fall. Jones (or perhaps her editor) also felt the need to include the following warning in the online post: “Pictures of Rihanna’s dance moves were too explicit to print in a family newspaper” — because, you know, the venerable British tab is well known for avoiding sensationalism at all costs.
At any rate, Rihanna did not take kindly to the paper’s criticisms; the singer resorted to Instagram to not only issue a written response to the author, but also post an unflatteringly low-res picture of her. Here’s the full text of Rihanna’s message:
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