Rihanna clapped back this morning at columnist Liz Jones after she wrote an article calling the singer a Poisonous Pop Princess who dresses in a way that invites rape. Apparently, Rihanna’s latest set of photos she posted on Instragram smokiing marijuan in Amsterdam made Liz think “enough is enough.”
Liz recounts meeting Rihanna for the first time and how she’s changed since then (who hasn’t?):
The first time I met Rihanna, the pop princess was seated next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour wearing a demure dress, with her hair in ringlets, for all the world as though she was Shirley Temple…The second encounter I had with her was during London Fashion Week last February.
She looked pretty. She wasn’t exposing any under-boob. She certainly wasn’t pretending to ram a jewelled microphone into her nether regions, as she has been doing on stage of late.
Her teenage female fans queued around the block that night to catch a glimpse of their idol, who has sold more than 100 million records around the world.
She goes on about Rihanna’s choice of clothing and the contents of her concerts. Liz was okay until she went here, after all she’s entitled to her opinion. She was being critical which people tend to do but she went off the rails with saying Rihanna dresses to invite rape. She also posted the photo of the singer’s battered face after Chris Brown assaulted her which I find to be a bullying tactic:
All these qualities pale to nothing when we know she went back to her abusive boyfriend, Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her in 2009; that she promotes drug-taking, drinking and the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst, disrespect at least.
Is it fair that we berate female stars for being bad, when we don’t admonish men in the same way? Yes, it is fair. Because young women are far more impressionable than young men.
They want to be Rihanna, have her lifestyle, her clothes, her men, her habits.
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.
While Rihanna knows when to tone it down in order to pull in advertising deals and keep her record label sweet…the message she’s sending to her young fans, through her explicit lyrics, vile dance moves and pictures on Twitter, is utterly toxic. This poisonous pop princess should come with a government health warning.
In my view, it’s nice if celebrities can inspire kids with their behavior but it is not really their job to do so. Parents must ensure that their kids understand not to build their lives around entertainers cause that’s what they are there to do, entertain. If your child is that easily led astray by someone they don’t know, you need to step your game up.
Can Rihanna tone down some of her behavior? Maybe, but what we need to remember is she is young and who among us have not done things that when we get older we would not do them again? It is hard growing up much less in the public eye. Not to mention celebs are people with issues/problems just like the rest of us.
Rihanna answered by posting Liz’ picture alongside this:
LOL!!!! My money got a bad habit of pissing people off!! If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here’s a toxic tip: don’t be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter! What’s all this about hair and nails and costumes and tattoos?? ….That sh*t ain’t clever!!! That sh*t ain’t journalism! That’s a sad sloppy menopausal mess!!! Nobody over here acts like they’re perfect! I don’t pretend that I’m like you, i just live… My life!! And I don’t know why y’all still act so surprised by any of it!! “Role Model” is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat! I got my own f*cked up sh*t to work on, I’ll never portray that as perfect, but for right now it’s ME!! Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy!
And P.S. my first American Vogue cover was in 2011…APRIL!!! #ElizabethAnnJones
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