Rihanna Hearts the C-Word

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She's caught flak for wearing a necklace emblazoned with the c-word. But Rihanna says that where she's from, that's practically the national catchphrase.

Seriously, she claims it's a cultural thing.

"Yeah, it’s funny. That word is so offensive to everyone in the world except for Bajans," the "California King Bed" singer tells the new issue of British Vogue.

"You know how African-Americans use the n-word when talking to their brothers? Well, that’s the way we use the c-word."

Rihanna Vogue UK Cover

"When I first came here, I was just saying it like it was nothing, like, 'Hey, cunt', until my make-up artist finally had to tell me to stop. You just never know."


Moreover, RiRi tells Vogue that she merely parades around half-nude for kicks and that white people want to think she's some kind of role model:

"That’s not me. That’s a part I play. You know, like it’s a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with," she says, sort of nonsensically.

"See, people - especially white people - they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be."

"But no, I just want to make music. That’s it. Look, God doesn’t give any more than you can handle. I had to get through a lot of ups and downs - big downs (COUGH, CHRIS BROWN) - and a lot of trial and error to get where I am now."

So deep. Consider yourselves enlightened. We sure as heck are.

What do you think? Is Rihanna a bad role model?


omg she is sooo disgusting.! she has gone so low nowadays, its beyond any lowest standard! first of all, when x brown beat her face up, she told on the interview that SHE WOULD NEVER GET BACK WITH BROWN CUZ SHE DOESNT WANA BE A BAD ROLE MODEL FOR THE YOUNG GIRLS! now, apparently its the white people, she is so hard trying to immitate on that very picture, that she blames for enforcing the role model status upon her. Her nasty sex pics, her sex comments, songs, skank outfits, fucking random people, and crappy music, its extremlly saddening thing to watch. maybe she likes the cunt word, cuz shes a c-herself? fucking hell, shes a disgrace to Barbados, to women and to humanity!


As a Barbadian I need to say that this woman is giving the world a very bad and incorrect impression of this country. The 'c' word is considered offensive here when used to refer to a person and not when used to refer to an animal. Thumbs up to her make-up artist for speaking up about it. She must remember that she is representing this country on the world stage and that Barbadians expect her conduct to be circumspect. That is our culture!


Ri-Ri you need to do better than that. Live with the fact that YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL for lots of people now in the world and its your responsibility to get mature and carry yourself in a respectable way. Love you and want to see better coming from you. For now, i'm letting my kids listen to good clean gospel music.


Like Rihanna, I am from Barbados. And here's a News Flash...the c-word is considered vulgar here too! While there are some people will use the word, there are many more of us who choose not to subject the people around us with that kind of language. The c-word is NOT a common catch phrase! We have a good educational system and a literacy rate of 98%. We do not all feel the need to express ourselves like she does. She's absolutely right about not being a role model...I certainly don't want the young people in my life emulating her!

Carol worth

Classy. Not! ~0:-/


FYI Im a 'white' person and i DO NOT WANT YOU AS A ROLE MODEL FOR MY DAUGHTERS! Thanks but no thanks you sound delusional!


I just started liking her. I really agree with what she is saying. How many have to take our jobs home everyday. Let her make her music and videos and then live her life.


Wow what happened to Rihanna?!! She used to be so different...now I hate to say it, but she's gone all slutty and trashy. "they" want u to be a role model because of the life you lead? Well duh, I mean it's what comes with being an A list celeb sometimes. Back then u were and acted like a role model, now idk. I'm not hating on here, I just think she's changed alot.


@IDIOT, I was just about to type the same thing but also was going to say her appearance leaves me liking her less too.


The more she opens her mouth, the less I like her.


Rihanna Biography

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Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.