Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Rihanna has been absolutely killing it over the last few months. She stepped onto the Met Ball red carpet in a fantastic homage to Rei Kawakuba that pretty much won the internet. Her sassy Humanitarian of the Year speech at Harvard University went viral and we all vowed to grow our hair so that we could do that ponytail flick. Oh, and a tweet about her and Lupita Nyong’o is now being made into a movie.
Fair to say she’s having a pretty good year, right?
So when one sports blogger at Barstool Sports decided to tear into Rihanna’s appearance in a charmingly titled piece, Is Rihanna Going To Make Being Fat The Hot New Trend?, his comments about her being ‘fat’ and ‘looking like she was wearing a sumo suit’ didn’t go down well with anyone for obvious reasons.
He was promptly suspended and the internet was awash with love for the Umbrella singer, with thousands of fans tweeting their outrage.
Rihanna herself kept pretty quiet about it – until now. She posted a meme to Instagram which pretty much summed up how she felt about the body shaming.
The picture of rapper Gucci Mane at different weights is captioned: ‘If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.’ She is known for her savage clapbacks and tongue-in-cheek responses to criticism, so this was on the money.
Rihanna 1 – body shamers 0.