Pop princess and first performer to ever release ten number one singles on the U.S. Billboard chart, Rihanna, is under serious backlash from British journalist Liz Jones. The Daily Mail contributor, fashion journalist, and confessional writer declared Rihanna a "Toxic role model" in the newspaper on June 24, 2013 out of concern for Rihanna's young, female fans. And the claim may be incredibly apt despite the 21 year old Barbadian's soaring popularity.
In the Mail article, Jones fired at Rihanna's behavior and questionable decorum then backed her claims with Rihanna's blighted past, hazy present, and blurry future. Rihanna's money focused, highly sexualized image is one that leaves the parents of her teen fans more than skeptical - a point Jones emphasized upon in her "toxic" claims.
Jones offered: "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 - so much so that she has enough dollar bills to use them as a carpet, and so many diamonds she can pretend to smoke them in a spliff, both things she's been pictured doing - 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." (For more of Jones' Rihanna Bashing, you can go here .)
Then there's the notorious romance between Rihanna and Chris Brown. And Rihanna's infatuation with ganja. And her gun fascination. And the suggestive dancing. And the more suggestive lyrics. And the revealing outfits. And her drinking. And her tendencies to blow off shows. And her "growing thinner by the day" weight. And then there's the 10 million plus Twitter followers. And droves of Facebook followers. And minions of Instagram followers. And the fact that most of her fans are young girls.
Though Jones may have a valid point, she's no match for the Barbadian princess. Rihanna printed her defense over a picture of Jones then posted it to Instagram . It read: "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 *** ain't clever!!! That **** 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 it1! "Role Model" is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat! I got my own ****ed up **** to work on, I'll never portay that as perfect, but for right now it's ME!! Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Posionous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy! 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 ****ed up **** 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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