Those of you who follow Rihanna on Twitter know that she does not take any foolishness and is very quick to let folks know how she feels about being slighted or insulted and does not mince words in doing so. The singer endured two racist incidents this week and used Twitter as a platform to make her reaction clear.
First, Rihanna shared a racist incident that occurred in a hotel in Portugal:
“I just met the most racist c**t EVER!!! This man said the craziest sh*t abt black women called us dogs, sluts, we don’t look like sh*t, we don’t belong in the same hotels….needless to say, the #N***A in me came out! Bajan accent and all! Lol! Turns out the hotel manager’s black. Oh and he had the NERVE to diss black people in his Tighty whitey’s!!!! SMH…and tbh (to be honest) a lil black wouldn’t hurt him.”
What followed for Rihanna in Europe was more racial unpleasantness. The tweet below was sent directly to Eva Hoeke, editor in chief of the Dutch magazine Jackie that referred to her as “niggabitch” among other things:
@evajackie I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000′s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…”N***A B***H”?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F**K YOU!!!”
Well that handles that, I guess. Hoeke could only reiterate her apologies through the magazine’s Facebook page, claim that the words were meant as a joke, and the other excuses one would expect in this scenario.
One has to wonder what Rihanna’s European reception means in a social and political context, and furthermore if her vulgar reaction is the right way to respond.
What do you think about Rihanna’s responses?
UPDATE: Eva Hoeke has stepped down from her position as Editor In Chief of Jackie, citing the uproar over her ill-fated piece as the reason. Her departing statement reads as follows:
“Because of the enormous pressure from social media, I can promise improvement in terms of language used in future issues of Jackie. Previously, I offered rectification. As I now come to the conclusion that rectification is not the right solution, I am departing. The term ‘nigga bitch” has come over from America and we have only this to describe this particular style of clothes that we can try to interpret. After eight years, with my heart and soul, I have worked for Jackie. I realize that these errors – although no malicious intent – is a reason to leave.”
So now “nigga bitch” is a style of clothes whose term is American? Interesting…