People just won't stop body-shaming Rihanna, will they?
Although Spags' article was quickly deleted, his post was able to garner an army of body shamers who gladly took his place in shaming RiRi for her alleged weight-gain. The body shaming got so bad that Rihanna had to actually address her trolls with a scathing (albeit hilarious) meme on Instagram.
Just when it seemed like ruthless fat shaming had finally come to an end, blogger Sandra Rose decided to publish an article last week that referred to Rihanna as a "plus-size singer" — and the internet was NOT here for Rose's choice of words.
For her "Valerian" recap, Rose chose to highlight Rihanna's dramatic, cotton candy-esque gown. She titled the piece "Plus-Size Singer Rihanna Stuns At 'Valerian' Premiere."
Unsurprisingly, the use of the "plus-size" label on RiRi sparked outrage from the Rihanna Navy.
Shocked by Rihanna's "plus-size" categorization, women immediately started comparing their figures to Rihanna's.
Upon receiving intense backlash, Rose issued a follow-up post that defended her decision to refer to Rihanna as "plus-size."
In her second post titled "fanMAIL: Rihanna is Not Plus-Size – You are BIGGER Than Her," Rose explained that she was simply going off the “fashion industry standard."
“If Rihanna is not plus-size, what is she?" Rose insisted. "Let’s examine the fashion industry standard for plus-size models. According to PLUS Model magazine, plus-size is defined as sizes 10-14; super-size is sizes 16 and up. At 5-ft-9 and about 160 pounds, Rihanna fits the category of plus-size."
"She’s still a beautiful young lady, but as Sir Mix-a-Lot would say, “Red beans and rice didn’t miss her.”
But many skeptical readers didn't buy Rose's explanation.
They weren't here for the "plus-size" BS.
One Twitter thread eloquently explained why Rose's word choice was problematic.
"Rihanna isn't plus-size and it's dangerous to claim that," Nana Jibril wrote. "It can cause severe body image issues and eating disorders in others.
"Listen folks: I, myself, am plus-size," she continued. "There is absolutely nothing wrong with being plus-size at all. But Rihanna is not plus-size."
"Calling Rihanna plus-size takes away representation from people who are actually plus-size and are lacking in representation."