July 14, 2024

Rihanna is not Jamaican but Twitter has decided to convince us otherwise

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Rihanna attends the “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on July 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Rihanna has always been proud of her Bajan roots, but according to Twitter, her Jamaican fans are hoping to claim her as their own.

According to Urban Islandz, Thursday, the hashtag #RihannaIsJamaican started trending all over Twitter after one mischievous user tweeted, “Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world would believe us and there is nothing the Bajans can do about it. Let’s kidnap Rihanna’s nationality, y’all.”

READ MORE: Rihanna named ambassador to her native Barbados

The popularity of the hashtag hinges on the widely accepted premise that many people (particularly white people) are convinced that all Caribbean people sound alike.

Although Rihanna is incredibly plugged into Bajan politics, has an official ambassador position in her native land, and makes it a point to head back every year to atten Crop Over festival, much to everyone’s surprise, in a matter of hours Jamaican Twitter managed to successfully construct “Jamaican Rihanna”‘s entire biography, took over her Wikipedia page, photoshopped her passport and even added her visage to Jamaican currency.

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If gaslighting was an Olympic sport, everyone involved would have deserved a gold medal. However, Bajan Twitter users were not amused by the antics and soon started clapping back.


“I am extremely shocked at this association with Rih saying she is Bajan this is so far from the truth, we jump the fence into fully loaded party twice,” wrote an undeterred Jamaican follower.

As this satirical beef continues, check out some of our favorite tweets below from those committed to keep the joke going.

READ MORE: Rihanna wows Barbados’ 2019 Crop Over festival crowd with beautiful pink outfit


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