It was like any other Saturday at first on Instagram. Making the standard rounds on our timeline we caught a picture posted by Rihanna (badgalriri) of an Instagram user: ms_kasharna1 that caught our attention with a side-by-side picture of a young woman and a black goat. The caption underneath read:
“Can you spot the 3 things that are different in these pics? Chile, it’s time to privatize that account!”
The immediate assumption was that this was maybe the singer having fun with a friend. But after reading the comments of fans expressing their disappointment with the “bad gal,” it became clear that the picture was not ill-thought joke. Rihanna responded to the comments saying
“That is what you get when you mess with my family.”
What prompted the incident was the instagram user’s comments on Rihanna’s cousin’s Ella’s (OG_Ella) page. The user’s comment read:
ms_kasharna1: “I swear everyone in Rihanna’s family looks like they’re retarded… Must be the drugs and alcohol!”
Rihanna’s cousin actually responded to the girls comments and screen shot her response.
Rihanna’s cousin posted additional pictures from the user’s personal profile, a total of four pictures, which has since been privatized. There were claims that the young woman’s Instagram followers increased by 500 users. Rihanna and Ella later deleted all photos related to the young woman. The Instagram user actually changed her profile name and profile picture to a graphic that reads: “Stop Cyber Bullying.”
Being that bullying is such a sensitive issue,we will not take a strong stance on this situation. Both parties experienced an exchange of hurtful words. From the user’s decision to accuse someone who is NOT a public figure of looking like someone who has mental disability which is not an issue to make jokes out of. To the cousin’s rebuttal of the user looking like a man and a goat. It was all done on powerful social medium that can really cause an exchange of pictures and information to spread like wild fire.
Something unique to note is that most of Rihanna’s fans (who call themselves the Rihanna Navy) also deleted their pictures that they had posted of the young woman. What are your thoughts? Was this cyber-bullying or would you have responded the same way if someone had done something like that to your family member?