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Most recently, she sparked the interest of men’s lifestyle blog Barstool Sports, who had a few unsolicited comments about her new look.
In a now-deleted article titled, “Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?” writer Chris Spagnuolo mocked the Grammy Award winner for an apparent weight gain.
— Chris Spags (@ChrisSpags) May 30, 2017
The writer compared the wildly-successful singer to a slew of unflattering objects, including the Hindenburg dirigible and a sumo wrestler:
A world of ladies shaped like the Hindenburg loaded into one-piece bathing suits may be on the horizon now that Rihanna is traipsing around out there looking like she’s in a sumo suit.
After signifiant backlash, Barstool Sports pulled the article, but not because it was was “offensive” — apparently, the article didn’t push the boundaries far enough.
A statement released by the website explained its reasoning:
So if you’re gonna blog about Rihanna gaining weight you better be funny as f*ck and you better make it bullet proof. This line right here….Well that’s neither.
Other publications jumped in to defend Rihanna’s new look, moving away from the term “fat” to the more acceptable term “thick.” BuzzFeed posted an article “defending Rihanna’s curves” to their wide audience, renaming the artist “Thickanna”:
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 26, 2017
The “Umbrella” singer was quiet on all the comments until Monday night, when the “Bad Gal” took a subtle jab at commenters via an Instagram meme.
Rihanna posted a side by side picture of rapper Gucci Mane. The snap displays a more ample Gucci in 2007, versus a tighter and toned Gucci 10 years later.
The meme caption read, “If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.”
She had little to add herself except a single tear emoticon.
Fans were there in support.
Several “Riri” supporters flooded the comments to giggle along with the superstar’s subtle shade:Screenshot/Instagram
Others showed love for their style queen, who can “do no wrong”:
rihanna can never do wrong
she always looks perfect pic.twitter.com/xQRm0wS23D
— MAMA AFRICA (@thatgirlsalina) June 6, 2017
It seems like fans of Rihanna will love her any way she comes, and she isn’t too bothered about the haters, either.