Some Jamaicans Are Really Going To Lengths To Get People To Think Rihanna Isn't Bajan And It's Petty Hilarity
Y'all have Bob Marley. What's the issue?
Black Twitter is at it again — specifically, Jamaicans.
We all know the island of Barbados is the blessed birthplace of Rihanna, and the artist doesn't fail in flaunting her heritage. Nonetheless, some Jamaicans on Twitter have decided they want Rihanna to claim the nationality, causing a Twitter storm among Caribbeans.
It all started when a Twitter user, who goes by Teddy Bruckshot, tweeted out a picture of the Fenty Beauty mogul with other famous Jamaican natives Usain Bolt, Vybz Kartel and Chris Gayle, captioning it “How can one small island produce such talent whew.”
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How can one small island produce such talent whew pic.twitter.com/FZxtxRAgnz— Teddy Bruckshot (@SherzCapone) October 7, 2019'
The tweet received over 1,200 retweets with many Jamaicans getting a good laugh at the sly inclusion of the “Rude Boy” singer. They then banded together to figuratively steal Rihanna, who is also of Guyanese descent, from Barbados.
Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world will believe us, and there is nothing Bajans can do about it.— rihanna is jamaican (@DavidEatsViagra) October 9, 2019'
Let's kidnap Rihanna's nationality, y'all.
The Bajans are mad, but I don't blame them.— rihanna is jamaican (@DavidEatsViagra) October 9, 2019'
They're about to lose Rihanna.
Rihanna wanted to make sure to stay connected to her roots so her first hit single “Pon de replay” is titled in our language/dialect Jamaican Patois. pic.twitter.com/zFiOqLZUHW— Cassius of the Antilles (@CRUELCASSIUS) October 9, 2019'
Interviewer: "Use the word Barbados in a sentence for me"— Mr Bombastic ™️ 🇯🇲 (@zakariZ) October 10, 2019'
One user even created a thread of “Rihanna embracing her Jamaican heritage” as evidence.
🇯🇲 A thread of Rihanna embracing her Jamaican heritage. 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/y0yETcbxdi— Cassius of the Antilles (@CRUELCASSIUS) October 9, 2019'
The foolery didn't cease — they then went on to pretend Barbados is just the name of a street in Jamaica.
Rihanna is from Barbados Avenue, Kingston Jamaica.— . (@BlackArabEnts) October 10, 2019'
One user even went so far as to photoshop her onto the Jamaican $500 bill.
So, of course, there was also a fake birth certificate.
Last but not least. Provided to me by the kind folks at Victoria Jubilee Hospital (birth records are public domain in Jamaica) pic.twitter.com/F5qhGmj2x0— Cassius of the Antilles (@CRUELCASSIUS) October 10, 2019'
Some non-Caribbean Twitter users were almost convinced of the singer's “newfound” heritage, questioning where exactly Barbados is and whether or not it's a town in Jamaica.
Although the Jamaicans on Twitter were quite convincing with their argument, Bajans are not pleased. Some claimed the fashion designer was all they had, while others tried to retaliate by reclaiming some Jamaican icons.
Jamaicans need to leave us Bajans alone!! 😂😂😂😂😂 stop trying to take Rihanna from us. We already lost flying fish Trindad, we can't lose her... she's all we got!— TΛYLUR JΛΧSON (@HeyJaxson) October 10, 2019'
I know Rihanna is from Barbados, but damn y’all be sounding convincing on here 😂— Xe (@xena_rachelle) October 10, 2019'
While Black Twitter stays undefeated in its entertainment quality, we all know it's Barbados who gets to boast on this one.