In news that’s right up there with the sky being blue and water being wet, Rihanna believes that even she has been a victim of racial prejudice. Go figure.
Reports Page Six:
In a profile in the upcoming issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the pop star, 27, opens up about what it was like being made aware of her race after moving to the US from her home country of Barbados when she was still a teen.
“You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals,” she tells interviewer Miranda July.
No one cared about the “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer’s race when it came to performing. And while some may attribute the change in attitude that she noticed to her age at the time, Rihanna made clear that it’s something that continues to this day.
“And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing,” she said. “And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.”
For the record, they probably did notice Rihanna race when it comes to performances—there is nothing wrong with acknowledging it—because the powers that be were strictly thinking about the money to be made. To think racism only happens when business is at hand is just plain naive.
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Photo: New York Times Style Magazine