*Well it looks like Rihanna has fallen out of the good graces of her fellow Barbadians after skipping the funeral of the Barbados prime minister.
In a letter sent to Media Take Out, a Barbadian complained about how the star was too busy to pay respect to the country’s leader.
An excerpt from the letter reads:
Rihanna had her “people” release a statement saying that she was saddened by his passing but due to her schedule would not be attending his State Funeral this Wednesday.
As a Barbadian I find her behavior and response to this disgraceful. Our PM practically shut down our Island when she won that Grammy. Gave her a full concert, gave her a SUV, Land + a House at the super exclusive Apes Hill (Valued at Millions) plus made her a Cultural Ambassador and she seriously can’t take the day or two to fly home to show her respect for the man who did all that ??? I mean she’s flown home for two days to attend reggae concerts !!!
And then to have her “people” send that statement?! She couldn’t even make that personal?? She should be ashamed of herself! I know Barbadians all over are very upset and have taken to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to vent about it. Yes people understand she’s busy, but if PM’s other other countries can not only suspend their Parliment sessions out of respect but take the time to fly here for the funeral then why can’t she?
If it’s any consolation letter writer from Barbados, Rihanna also missed the wedding of her supposedly BFF, singer Katy Perry, to Russell Brand over in India. Here’s her explanation for that:
“I will never ever forgive myself for that…it was a crazy time, it was a crazy week, I’m switching management. There was no phone service in India and very little-to-no Internet service, so it would have been a little irresponsible of me. I’m sad that I missed it.”
Just for the record, India may not have a lot of first world conveniences … yet. But one thing the country does have and that is incredible Internet service. So that excuse won’t fly Miss Rihanna.
*Media Matters is reporting that former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod said she has been receiving threatening calls and e-mail since a misleading video clip of her posted by Andrew Breitbart went viral.
“I am getting hate calls and e-mails at this point,” Sherrod said in an interview today with the liberal blog. “I got one call last night at my house at 12:30 a.m. that said, ‘you lost your job, good for you’ and ‘b****’ There are people out there who will believe that I am a racist person, even though the story is getting out there.”
“I got crank calls right away. Someone sent me an e-mail and link and said, ‘shame on you’ and other stuff. I was sitting in a meeting, and I was really upset,” she said. “I texted back that they were so wrong and that they need to know the message, and they got it wrong.”
Sherrod was fired by the Department of Agriculture and denounced by the NAACP over the video clip which appears to show her suggesting that she does not provide her “full force” in aiding white farmers. But a full video posted Tuesday night by an embarrassed NAACP clearly shows that Sherrod’s comments were taken out of context and edited to make it seem she was saying something she wasn’t.
Sherrod blamed Breitbart and Fox News for pushing the story that ended in her firing.
“The news media should tell it like it is and not the way they want it to be,” she said. “I think it is race. You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards.”
Below, CNN’s Tony Harris interviews Shirley Sherrod and Eloise Spooner, the wife of the white farmer at the center of the controversy, on Tuesday, July 20.