Rihanna recently made a high-school girl cry over something that she said on the internet. Alexis Carter, a 16-year-old girl from Baltimore searched high and low for the perfect prom dress that would be reminiscent of an outfit which her idol, Rihanna, once wore. Once she found the perfect dress, Carter and her mom could not be more excited for the dress’s debut at her prom. However, happiness soon turned to pain and confusion when Rihanna became a cyber-bully and insulted the young girl for her outfit.
The star tweeted a side-by-side photo of how she wore the dress and how Carter wore her version of the dress with an unhappy face as the description. The Grammy-Award winner later tweeted another insulting comparison featuring the symbol of the Wu-Tang Clan next to a picture of Carter with her dress’s wings extended, as well as the hashtag #batprom. The young girl was devastated and said that she no longer considers Rihanna her idol because the star obviously does not care about her fans like she says that she does.
This is not the only incident where the pop icon has publicly lashed out at other people. Rihanna is known in Hollywood as its resident mean girl; she proudly speaks her mind under all circumstances and famously does not care what anyone thinks about her words or actions. Rihanna publicly mocked another artist, Teyana Taylor about her net worth compared to the stars. Of course, Rihanna makes a considerable amount of money and is quick to never let her fans or other celebrities forget that.
Many people, some of whom are not even fans, will argue that Rihanna is not mean, she is simply just herself. During interviews and through some of her other actions she proves that she does in fact practice compassion, on her terms. The star recently dropped and shattered the phone of the Los Angeles Police Commission President and subsequently donated $25,000 to a charity fund for police officers.
Rihanna may not be the nicest person to her fans, but she certainly has a philanthropic streak. The star is ranked as one of the most giving celebrities, having started the Believe Foundation about eight years ago. The Believe Foundation gives children from all over the world who struggle a chance at a promising future by giving them resources to succeed, such as educational and medical support. The star has also donated to people in need of transplant surgeries, environmental causes and disaster reliefs.
According to many people Rihanna is a very giving soul. Though, if fans were asked to weigh in, based on past spats on social media, many would undoubtedly say that she really is a mean girl at heart. Rihanna does not seem to go out of her way to be a bully though she does not miss an opportunity to speak her mind or do what she feels is best for her. Some feel that blaming her for this attitude is appropriate. No matter where individuals stand, Rihanna will always have fans, bully or not.
By Courtney Heitter