For all the full-time Internet trolls out there, let this be a warning to you: If there’s one celebrity you might not want to go after, especially through their social media accounts that they clearly have control over, it’s probably Rihanna.
According to VIBE, the singer and wannabe “gangsta” was minding her business, posting her usual variety of photos to her Instagram. One of these photos just so happened to be of Ri with one of her family members, so you would hope these type of photos would be off-limits to the haters.
A follower who clearly wasn’t a fan commented on the picture saying, “I swear everyone in Rihanna’s family looks like they’re retarded… Must be the drugs and alcohol!”
Like most trolls, this follower assumed that she wasn’t going to see it and that she could just get a few Navy stans riled up, but the singer herself caught wind of the comment and went on attack mode.
She went to the woman’s Instagram profile, grabbed a photo of her, put it side-by-side with a goat and posted it to her profile with the following caption:
“Can you spot the 3 things that are different in these pics? Chile, it’s time to privatize that account!”
Ouch. In the end, the young woman privatized her account, because we’re sure the stans were trying to do some research on her and be ugly, and as for Rihanna, she would later delete the photo of the young woman next to the goat. But alas, what’s done on the Internet always comes to light.
While the young woman shouldn’t have said that a member of the singer’s family looks “retarted,” and even if she deserved some sort of tongue-lashing, at the same time, Rihanna needs to be above going toe-to-toe with these folks. We all do it once or twice out of frustration, but we know this isn’t the first time she’s done so on her Instagram and Twitter. And with all of her often fanatic/crazed followers, she was, in a way, setting this woman up to get verbally attacked by hundreds of people. All in all, everybody needs to do better.
So, to you, is this a form of cyber-bullying? Or are people overreacting?