Dorothy insisted that I blog on the anti Rihanna ism attitudes which seems to foreshadow the relationship between our most famous cultural ambassador and the very island she is suppose to be representing, Barbados.
Rihanna continues to be a rising star of the international entertainment community.
Beyond the shores of Barbados she is held in high esteem and rubs shoulders and performs with the crème de la crème of international superstars.
Her success has been two fold as it not only has benefited Rihanna but also Barbados .
Allow me to illustrate with a quote from FB Group “Bajans For Rihanna”
“I now live away from Bim 18yrs, 15 of which in Spain, and its the first time that I say to anyone “I’m from Barbados” and people actually know where that is……. so thanks to Rihanna!!” Faith Ollivierre
Considering the major part Rihanna has played in raising Barbados’s profile internationally, its therefore even more puzzling why there are some Bajans who hate Rihanna with an passion.
Her attendance at the state funeral of our late dear PM David Thompson was an example of this Hatetredry*.
At first it was stated Rihanna couldn’t come cause she was too busy, so some Bajans lambasted her fuh dat
Then low and behold Rihanna turned up and attended the funeral, then the same people turned around and lambasted her for coming, she is damned if she doesn’t and damned if she does.
Let me give you two of the reasons why I feel Bajans don’t like Rihanna,
#1 She is a Bajan!
If Rihanna was an American with the star status that she currently has, we would be kissing her ass every time she came here, like we would do for Lady Ga Ga for example, (which would be easy as Lady Ga Ga does not wear much clothes) she would be the greatest thing since slice bread, she would get royal treatment and everything she did would be well done.
But the poor girl had the misfortune of being born right here so she can’t get no special treatment “cause who she feel she is”.
#2; She is a successful woman! And to make matters worse, a damn good looking too, who tell she do that,?You know how women hate a woman who looks good, Its “the Green eye monster” raising its ugly head aka jealousy.
If Rihanna were a man achieving the same success he would not be experiencing this same contemptuous attitude from the Bajan public.
In general there is a small mindedness that permeates our society where there is a deliberate attempt to belittle anyone with a profile to say “they were nobody once and we want to remind them of that”. If a person is famous and popular it should not be held against them, So Rihanna should hold her Combermerian head high and continue to do great things for Barbados, don’t mind the haters, they are a lot of Bajans who support you and recognise what you do for Barbados, I am one of them I have no choice any ways cause Dorothy can be pretty acerbic when it comes to the subject of Ri Ri, and I don’t want to get cuss. Let the hatred of Rihanna Cease, like this post is ceasing right now….
*“Hatetredry” a Boyceism meaning intense and unwarranted hate