The blogosphere is hot with rumours that Rihanna is out of control, parties too much and has a drinking problem. While representatives for the We Found Love singer have not come forward to confirm or deny these rumours, the allegations are a cause for concern.
Even though the hit-maker is no stranger to rumors ranging from her sexuality to being a member of the “illuminati,” when it comes to excessive alcohol and mental problems, those rumors are no joke. Over the past few months, she has been seen out and about in between tour stops living it up with her entourage, and more than often, a glass is in her hand.
A few days ago while in Brazil, she visited the revered Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, but people quickly voiced their displeasure not because she visited the statue, but because she did so while wearing a very offensive gold necklace… with the C-word spelled out as the pendant. Rihanna has worn the controversial necklace on other outings, but many felt that it was inappropriate to wear it while visiting a holy place.
Rihanna, who is newly minted as the face of Armani has become quite known for her quirky and sometimes downright rude responses to her many Twitter followers. While some of the fans were out of place for asking her why her hair is “nappy” and so on, concerned fans are wondering why she has to stoop to their level and respond in a negative matter. For example, recently, a follower told her on Twitter that they she can’t believe she really sold her soul to the Devil and that she’s unfollowing her.
She then went on to say “God save your soul cuz he exists.” Rihanna promptly replied: “I hope he saves your judgmental hypocritical behind too!!!” That statement was understandable coming from Rihanna, because the follower was indeed being hypocritical but it is best that she lets her public relations team handle situations like those, because it is not a good look for her to be known as that arrogant singer that curses out her fans, like she has done numerous times in the past.
Concerning her alleged drinking habit, pictures do not lie. On numerous occasions, Rihanna has been spotted either drinking or taking shots on stage, or while she’s out and about with her posse. Sure, most people have the occasional drink sometimes, but when a million people, figuratively speaking, show concern about it, then you know that you should indeed be concerned. In June of this year, popular blog Hello Beautiful posted pictures of her performing in Atlantic city.
The writer said: “Rihanna gave a performance in Atlantic City, but I think the word “performance” is an understatement. Rihanna didn’t just sing to her fans, she drank a beer, took a shot and even got a little sexy-time action in front of the audience. She ended gracefully, of course, by flipping a middle finger to the crowd. How nice of her.”
Reviews like that is never a good luck for any celebrity, so no, I am not picking on Rihanna. It just seems to me that she needs to find herself and decide what image she really wants to project. In 2005, she was the sweet, innocent dancehall-pop diva with hits such as Pon De Replay, in 2007 she was dark and edgy and slightly dominatrix with her album Good Girl Gone Bad, in 2009 she was Hard, in 2010 she officially became LOUD, with her red hair and singing bubbly songs that makes you want to dance. Who will she be for the remainder of 2011?
She is currently in Northern Ireland shooting the video for her new Calvin Harris produced single We Found Love, which is getting mixed reviews. Of course, this video shoot did not go off without some form of controversy. She was subsequently kicked off the farm where the video was being shot because of her risky attire, which consisted of a bikini made out of red bandana. At one point, she went completely topless. The farmer who had initially given them permission had this to say:
“I requested them to stop filming and they did. I had my conversation with Rihanna and I hope she understands where I’m coming from. We shook hands. I didn’t know who was coming. If the name Rihanna had been mentioned, well no disrespect but it wouldn’t have meant anything. From my point of view, it was my land, I have an ethos and I felt it was inappropriate. I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God.”
The media has played a part in criticizing every move she makes, like when she was in Barbados for Crop Over. Online news sites such as the Daily Mail greatly exaggerated their stories and she has gained negative feedback because of it. This was because they do not understand Crop Over and West Indian culture very well, so whatever information they were able to piece together from poor research ended up on their site.
As a young West Indian young lady barely a year older than Rihanna (she’s 23), I wish her the best and I am proud of her success. She is an adult and therefore free to do as she pleases and wear what she feels like; she’s human just like the rest of us. However, when a celebrity is constantly in the spotlight, the media tends to exaggerate stuff and this assists in the breaking down of that person and we hope that is not the case with Rihanna.