Nowadays, celebrities literally can't do anything without people pointing a finger at them, telling them that they've done something wrong. It seems that we're living in a generation of the "easily offended," where even a sneeze will guarantee to cause offense to someone in the world.
Cultural appropriation is a social issue that has been circulating throughout the showbiz world, with countless celebrities causing offense in regards to imitating cultures that aren't their own.
Singer and mega-babe, Rihanna, is the most recent celebrity to be accused of cultural appropriation, and it has certainly drawn a range of mixed reactions.
Keep scrolling to find out if you think that Bad Gal RiRi is really in the wrong here...
There's no denying that Rihanna is the ultimate style icon...Other than her music, Rihanna is well known for the incredibly fierce looks that she serves on a daily basis.
Is there anything that RiRi can't pull off?
The singer is no stranger to the world of fashion and beauty...
It's safe to say that Rihanna is pretty damn successful.Alongside her music career and her business ventures, Rihanna is known for her involvement in humanitarian causes. She is the founder of the non-profit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, which focuses on benefiting impoverished communities around the world with healthcare and education.
However, Rhianna has dealt with her fair share of criticism...
Thomas' work has been praised worldwide for her positive representation of black women.And, obviously, critics noticed the striking similarities in Rihanna's Vogue shoot. An admirer of Thomas' work wrote an article claiming that Rhianna's cover "is very similar to Mickalene Thomas’ work and Juergen needs to explain what’s going on."
Many believed that it was an example of cultural appropriation.Artnet News, Thomas' New York gallery issued a statement in regards to the German photographer's images and how they had been "rightly compared" to her work. The statement suggested that Thomas, who is forty-seven-years-old, had fallen victim to "cultural appropriation," which sees white artists use the work of ethnic minority artists without crediting their central role in its creation.
It looks like Rihanna is no stranger to causing a stir...
She is the face of the August 2019 edition of Harper's Bazaar China.
Every detail of the shoot has been placed in an attempt to reference Chinese and East Asian culture...
Harper's Bazaar China has promoted the shoot via Instagram.
Even despite Harper's Bazaar sharing its intentions, people aren't happy.
"Nobody cares because its Rihanna..."
i know we all love her, but why isn't this cultural appropriation? or is it and nobody cares bc it's rihanna? or is… https://t.co/TpBo39UzRD— Iris "May Her Memory Be a Blessing" #RBG (@Iris "May Her Memory Be a Blessing" #RBG)1562681048.0
Many believe that Rihanna is being treated as an exception.Some people are confused as to why Rihanna is an exception to cultural appropriation just because of her fame and success. I don't think that it provides an excuse for this kind of behavior, but the reasons behind the accusations are based on unstable foundations.
Many have been quick to defend the superstar, however...
@MariahajilE It’s not cultural appropriation because the entire team behind Harper’s Bazaar China is Chinese and it… https://t.co/dwgZFEwQfM— 𝘿𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙣𝙤 (@𝘿𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙣𝙤)1562684210.0
Many have even involved the Kardashians in the argument... because, why not?
The garment was considered to be "offensive."
@KimKardashian Nice underwear, but as a Japanese woman who loves to wear our traditional dress,👘 kimono, I find the… https://t.co/QvoOAmQSD2— Yuko Kato (@Yuko Kato)1561507206.0