Last week the proverbial ish hit the fan when a Dutch magazine called Rihanna a “Niggabitch.” After a half-hearted apology that sounded more like a middle finger to Black folks all over the globe, the magazine’s editor stepped down.
Many gave RiRi props for her fiery response that took the mag’s editor to task for the article. She wrote:
@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 now, many are wondering if Rihanna isn’t engaging in a little double talk. After a fan tweeted that it must suck for white people to not be able to use the n-word, Rihanna agreed.
Although some are calling RiRi a hypocrite, her reaction to the “niggabitch” comment and agreeing that “nigga” is apart of her everyday vocabulary is in keeping with many Black people who feel they have ownership over the word, while it should be off limits to others.
While I don’t use the n-word, and abhor its use by others, I understand how Rihanna can be offended by the Dutch mag’s label while using the word herself.
Is it right? No…but I understand.
What do you think? Is Rihanna a hypocrite?