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Rihanna Responds to ‘Nappy Hair’ Comment

By January 27th, 202187 Comments

Rihanna Responds to 'Nappy Hair' Comment
When Rihanna revealed her new single’s cover today, it was met by the comment ‘why does her hair look so nappy?’ Riri responded, in what I imagine was her best Dave Chappelle does Rick James voice, ‘Cause I’m black b*tch’.

overthetop.com or entirely appropriate?

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  • Anonymous says:

    That was Hilarious. When you really want to make a POINT, just add bi*^h on the end and BAM. Maybe I come from a line of woman who are pretty rude, but my grandmother has said worse on a good day. Who are we to judge this chick anyway. There is only one true judge right???

  • Tiffany says:

    LAWD! I liked to died laughing when I read this but couldn't comment, I think blogger was down. too too funny.

  • Anonymous says:

    All weaves/wigs don't have to be silky smooth and straight.
    Rihanna's weave is fine and as Nappy/Kinky as she wants it to be. Kudos to her for defending her right to wear a weave similar to her own natural hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think that was a GREAT response! Nechole tried to be funny and I would say tried to embarrass Rihanna. And she used the term "nappy". So, therefore, she got EXACTLY what she deserved! LMBO!

  • Courtie says:

    @ Anon 2:06 — She won't. I said the same thing and she didn't approve mine. If you look the girl only has 5 comments and they are all in support of her — things that make you go hmmm.

  • Anonymous says:

    My response on the girls blog:

    "Nappy to me means dry, coarse, unkept hair."

    "My husband who is also the father of my kids is also Dominican. His hair is extremely nappy, so is my sons. Most of the people in my family have nappy hair."

    Soooo you're saying your father and children have unkept hair? You should help them with that problem since you went to cosmetology school.

    *eye roll*

    (Let's see if she approves it lol)

    Domino

  • Unknown says:

    Love it!

  • Britt says:

    I loved her response. If you listen to the song, the woman in the song is distressed…which is probably why in the picture, she's not so "put together"….who's distressed and has their hair/weave/whatever all on point?…funny too, because when I looked at the picture, I didn't think her hair looked "nappy" at all, it looks like how my hair looks when it's pressed…thick and full of texture…so if you see me walking down the street and you ask me some silly question like that and I've "just got my hair did" …you're gonna get that same response Rihanna gave…better know who you're talking to, lol….

  • Unknown says:

    I see it as just another person using Twitter and blogs trying to get famous and recognized. Unfortunately, Rhianna gave her a little jump start. She should have ignored her silly behind. I followed this story around and got to the source. The girl that tweeted this foolishness has a blog where she explains her comment. From the looks of things, she seems like a moderate attention whore looking for her 15 minutes. From her Twitter, she immediately tweeted that Rhianna responded to her tweet.

    Rhianna is an artist, regardless of what anyone's opinion is of her singing. I don't like all of her music, but I admire her style. Weave or no, I do not see anything wrong with the hair in this picture because I think that overly manicured hair (weaved, relaxed, or natural) just does not look natural. No one's hair is perfect all of the time and it's unrealistic. So Rhianna, keep wearing your weaves and hair anyway you want to.

  • Anonymous says:

    Courtie,

    I'm glad someone else caught that! At first her explanation of "nappy" was real PC but then when she relates it to her husband and family, her definition of "nappy" changes. If nappy means "unkempt" vs. "texture" and she studied cosmetology, how come she hasn't corrected her husband and son's hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    That was cute. I guess. Way to let an ignorant person have it…butttttt Rihanna is also an ignorant person most of the time, imo. Im also 99.99999999% sure thats a weave…a bad one at that. You are a celeb and "fashion icon" yet you put THAT mess on your cover…be prepared for commentary. I honestly think Rihanna just wanted to sound clever and fiesty. She doesn't claiming or repping anything but Barbados and Louboutins. Girl, stop. I love my natural hair, and I would love hers if she really was natural and I STLL want to know…why does her hair look like that in that picture? Is it that a white person said nappy that upsets you? (was the girl even white? i dont even know)…Fair enough. Rih is still overthetop.com/imoverher

  • Anonymous says:

    I know people are going to criticize her (mostly from hate. They sure know how to talk trash and then rush off to download her stuff….) Anyways, my comment would have been exactly the same, and no, I don't fit the angry black woman stereotype by a long shot. Sometimes, people just need to be shut down. I think her reaction was entirely justified…and hilarious.

  • Courtie says:

    If you go read her response, she first says that she defines the word nappy as "dry, COARSE, or unkept hair." Then she goes on to say that her husband, sons, and other family members have "nappy" hair. So — your husbands and sons have unkempt hair or what? She used the word "nappy" in the derogatory way people have been using it for years and now she's trying to turn around and say she just meant it didn't look taken care of. Girl bye.

  • Anonymous says:

    ROFLMBAO

    @ Anonymous May 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    If I didn't ABHOR the word B*tch, I would go to Michaels arts and crafts and buy me a $5.00 tee and some white iron on letters TO-DAY!

    This is too funny!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nicely put, Riri. What a stupid question. I mean, seriously?

  • Anonymous says:

    Go RiRi….Go RiRi….lol…

  • Anonymous says:

    The girl was talking about how Rihanna’s wig was looking.And some Hispanic people have nappy hair too.She was not talking about, Riri’s real hair, she was talking about how the wig/weave was looking.Peace Out.

  • Anonymous says:

    ROTFL entirely appropriate….. I THINK I LIKE HER NOW

  • Anonymous says:

    Serious side eye at that girl's so-called response on her blog. Now that the story's getting out she wants to backtrack and explain how she thinks unkempt hair = nappy hair. If that was the case, she could have said unkempt instead of nappy in her tweet. Heffa you know using the word nappy has the potential to rub a lot of people the wrong way…how are you gonna act like you weren't trying to be offensive, but that it was "just how I felt." We don't believe you, you need more people…

  • Anonymous says:

    LMAO!!! As far as I'm concerned Rihanna's response was entirely appropriate!!

  • Anonymous says:

    So the young lady wrote a blog response to Rihanna's reply to her: http://ninyabella.blogspot.com/2011/05/when-keeping-it-real-goes-wrong.html?spref=tw It's very interesting. I got a good chuckle from Rihanna's response. Not much the girl could say after that haha

  • Anonymous says:

    FIRST OF ALL, THE HAIR THAT SHE WEARS IN FAKE. ITS WEAVE, BUT I LIKE THE FACT THAT SHE LAUGHED THE COMMENT OFF AND STATED THAT SHE IS BLACK. HAVING NAPPY HAIR IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. ITS A PART OF US.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love Rih's response! Completely appropriate.

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought it was hilarious, I laughed aloud.

  • aWickedRose says:

    @ Anon 2:50

    No. I'm saying that the interviewer just latched on the word nappy when the word(s) they really wanted was jacked up. Seriously her hair is NOT the way it is because she's black it's because she's too busy making mediocre music and being coddled through horrific life choices instead of taking care of her business.

  • Coils and Such says:

    HA! That made me LOL. I love the response. Ask a stupid question get a stupid answer.

  • Thrifty curly says:

    LMAO ROTF that made my day! tooooo funny……..it doesn't matter if she wears wigs or her own hair the response was well needed.

  • Trace/Killa says:

    Umm…Not sure what the fan was talking about when she mentioned nappy. The wig looks pretty straight to me. Maybe she meant that one frizzy part at the top? haha, I don't get all the hullabaloo. I didn't read the girl's comment as offensive at all, but then again, I don't get easily offended by stuff like that in general. The girl's comment seemed misguided at best. Either way, I dig Rihanna's response, even though I'm not a big fan of hers. haha, I thought it was funny and definitely something I would say…except for maybe the "bitch" part, haha. THAT might have been a little bit extra on Rihanna's part. Still funny though!

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL! Like someone already said, if you have nappy hair chances are that you're black!

    And I don't see nappy as a negative term.

  • Tiffany says:

    I loved her comment! It was straight and to the point and OBVIOUS! I also don't mind this weave or whatever it is looking a little messy/curly/crimpy/nappy or whatever cuz it looks cute and relaxed (no pun intended!). It was a very natural response and I would have said the same thing…in my head!

  • curlykinkyvincy says:

    @ My st Vincent Chronicles a lot of west indians struggle just like african americans. Just ask the "bleachers" how proud they are.. and you know we have it in St. Vincent too.

  • Anonymous says:

    APPROPRIATE.COM!

  • Nikki ✩ says:

    Rih Rih always have the ill comebacks. ♥ it!
    Even though the profanity is a bit much for me… her honesty and boldness is refreshing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Runs to printing press to make t-shirts. lol. I def want one although it's slightly more militant than I would like.

  • Samantha says:

    I think her response was justifiable. She is a person with feelings like everyone else. Had someone come at ole girl like that on her Facebook, I'm sure she would've made a big deal….now take into consideration the numbers of people who see her Twitter page on a daily basis, and top it off with the level of scrutiny she is subjected to on a regular….she defended herself….simple as that! I've seen numerous comments about how rihanna went on for no reason coz she "bought a busted weave," however if you really look at the image, the "nappy" being referred to is along her natural hairline, not the weave. As a fellow west Indian woman, all I have to say is big up yourself rihanna, you large!…..she didn't make it all the way from Barbados to the world stage to deal with people and their pettiness!

  • islandreiko travels Reiko Jones Tel: 323-754-2608 Email: reikoj75@gmail,com says:

    i luv it!! Rihanna is Caribbean so she is probably very proud of her African heritage unlike MOST african americans. weave or not sometimes u gotta make people recognize.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love it! Go RiRi!!! Great response

  • Anonymous says:

    Tamar is a ANOTHER SUBJECT… I feel sorry for her hubby, she total disrespects him!!! Oh wait we are talking about RiRi on this topic..ooops

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  • HairPolitik says:

    Ohhhhhhh So Appropriate!!! Can someone put that on a t-shirt please so I can buy it! LMAO I see that the person right before me said the same thing. I'm ON IT!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ahahaha! That ish is funny.

    Why does my hair look so nappy?
    'Cause I'm black B*tch!

    Someone needs to put this on T-shirts like NOW!

  • Anonymous says:

    LMAO I know thats right. I'm starting to like riri more and more. She's forward like me:)

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL @ "overthetop.com."

    I think it was entirely appropriate. Often, people will spew hatred at you, and when you're not in one of those "PC" moments, I think you have the right to come back hard. Just because you're a celebrity, that doesn't mean you shouldn't have emotions and feelings.

    Go Rihanna!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Not inappropriate at all; hell, the question is inappropriate. And LMBO @ "overthetop.com"…I needed that giggle near the end of this VERY stressful day!

  • Anonymous says:

    TOTALLY APPROPRIATE!!!

    Why do people not know that black women have kinky hair!?!?! oh my goodness…

  • Anonymous says:

    Great response! Not all black women have nappy hair but if your hair is nappy chances are you are black hence Rhianna's response "cuz I'm black". I personally don't have a problem with the term nappy and clearly she doesn't either. Good for her. Weave, not weave, doesn't matter cuz the hair does look very similar to how a black womans natural hair looks when straightened. Maybe that weave mimics her actual hair and that is the reason for her answer. Either way the girl that asked the question was dead wrong and RiRi's answer was hilarious. I say the girls question was dead wrong not because she used the term nappy but because she used the term nappy to suggest something negative.

  • Anonymous says:

    HAHAHAHAHAAAAA! I ALMOST FELL OUT MY CHAIR LAUGHING!!!!!!! TELL 'EM RHI RHI!!!!!!

  • BKelz says:

    I thought her response was funny. Had I heard that convo among my friends or anyone that wasn't her I still would have laughed really really hard.

  • Anonymous says:

    You ask stupid questions; you can a stupid response. I personally don't give a crap about Rihanna's ever-changing hair, but she definitely gets points for being so damn direct and to the point. Because in all honesty;, I don't know the last time I heard someone who didn't have "nappy" hair refer to someone with "nappy" hair in a positive light. So she was being a "b@#$h"!

  • Anonymous says:

    That what happens when you wear so much weave and color and you dont take care of your hair.

    lol @ the come back she made.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @aWickedRose

    So because her weave looks "bad bad" to you she deserve to it to be called nappy? Bad hair is not tantamount to nappy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Her publicist probably doesn't have "nappy hair" or a reasonable perspective with a healthy mind on the issue, so s/he probably would't be able to give appropriate advice in a scenario like this.

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought it was funny. LOL

  • Neems says:

    Inappropriate question. Inappropriate response. This is one time Riri's, publicist should have taken the wheel and crafted a slick yet insightful response. Either way, I'm tired of all the energy and attention being placed on our hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    aWickedRose
    So true!! It's like she's repping the worst of two worlds- bad weave AND unhealthy natural. Combine that with poor styling and celeb status and it's called a nightmare. Maybe she's mad at all that. You're right though, that has nothing to do with being black. Lol

  • aWickedRose says:

    ….I get why she was upset BUT:

    Her hair looks not quite right in that photo because a) it's a bad bad bad weave, b) her real hair that might be out at the edges is fried within an inch of its life.

    Don't put raggedy hair on being black RiRi. Keep that for yourself.

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    It was appropriate.com Love it!

  • Unknown says:

    I honestly think this comment was funny. But who can blame such a comment when she always sports the colorully silky straight lace fronts and weaves. Now that she is wearing something that "appears" like her natural hair texture (pressed out maybe?) comments are for sure going to start emerge.
    & Isn't this the theme for her new video where she is supposed to assume a role of a distressed woman. California King

  • Brandi says:

    Her aggravation is completely understandable… every black woman in America has had some non-black person say something out of line regarding our ethnic features, but she of all people should know you can't combat ignorance with more ignorance.

  • Anonymous says:

    The question posed to her was pathetic. Her response pathetic. The amount of public (and some cases, private) energy placed on black women's hair texture and styling choices is pathetic. And the amount of energy the media places on encouraging and promoting negative stereotypes of black women is truly pathetic.

    I have been natural for greater than 12 yrs and usually wear my hair in a curly puff or loose bun. An elderly white man just asked me this a.m. how long it took me to get my hair like that. He was trying to make small talk and seemed genuinely interested- and not trying to be demeaning.
    I was shocked and looked shocked and confused when he spouted out his question. His wife looked very embarassed. He explained that another black woman he knows (in a professional capacity) wears "all these fancy hair styles and she said it takes a long time to get her hair in them". I happen to know the person he referenced and she is a weave/extension/hair piece queen.
    I explained that it takes me approx 3 min. to get my hair like it is and tried to drive the conversation in a different direction. He asked again and his wife told him to shut up. LOL.

    I say all this to say that there are so many of us doing so much crazy ish to our hair and expressing it to others that it has become generally accepted that we obsess in bizarre ways about our hair. Therefore, many can't beleive that some of us are focusing on other stuff and minimizing the obsession with hair.
    I, for one, am sick of it.

  • Anonymous says:

    loves her response. Also I see someone has been looking at Braxton Family value. Love me some Tamar lol

  • j. says:

    entirely appropriate.

    wish she would wear her natural hair though.

  • Anonymous says:

    Actually it can be interpreted as a "another angry touchy black woman lashes out!!" and I think we have enough of that in the media right now!!! We shouldn't give them more to talk about!!

  • Jeannette says:

    I'm trying to figure out where does her hair look, rough? But I gotta admit, her response did make me laugh. The B part was too much too extra but in this case it is a part of what made her come back so funny.

  • Anonymous says:

    Meh! The fact is she typically wears her hair straight so if it's not silky straight people are going to comment. And the "it's because I'm black" is actually ignorant because there are plenty of non-black women that have "nappy hair" as there are plenty of black women with natural straight hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL…well i guess if you ask an open question like that, expect an open answer….that was definitely funny.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree ladies!! YES it was apporpiate. What do you expect our hair to look. European silky straight. You GO Rhi-rhi. And I agree with Anon. I HATE that saying! It makes NO SENSE!

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent response Anonymous (1:21p.m.) I got teased all the time for my "oversized" lips when I was a little girl. NOW everyone wants them. Oh….I also agree about your comment about Tamar. She's to darn old to be talking like that!!!! So annoying.

  • Anonymous says:

    I never liked her until now. Don't ask the question unless you can handle the answer!

  • Joie says:

    kudos to riri but it is a weave… but still kudos to riri

  • Rufus says:

    I am unfamiliar with Rhianna's music and personality but I had to laugh at this. Obviously her hair is fake but I'm glad she shut that "fan" down.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think that is absolutely hilarious and VERY appropriate. People really trip me out! They think they have the right to say what ever they want about you. My thing is this…If you are bold enough to comment on how I look you better be ready to hear what's on my mind….and it might not be all nice! You go RI RI….let that b**** know what's up!

  • DiJah says:

    I dunno how I feel about her response. I mean did you have to call her a b*tch???
    You are wearing a weave/wig…wadeva(!?), we never expect those to be "nappy" unless you're rocking a fro-wig like Solange does, so I can kinda-sorta understand the girl's question.

  • ❤cherelle says:

    Too funny!

    I think her answer was appropriate for the question that was asked. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.

  • Naptural_ray1 says:

    lol thats my ri-ri lol that is hilarious!! celebrities are human too

  • Anonymous says:

    NOOOOOOO!!! you did not say overthetop.com everytime Tamar of the Braxton sisters says stuff like that I cringe.

    Anywho, I like that response! Shoot we are black stop acting like our hair is spose to be pin straight and golden. Embrace our beauty. Everybody injecting their lips and enhancing their buttox. They'll be trying to get "nappy hair" too!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is a weave, who cares.

  • Miss Dior says:

    I think this was a wonderful response – that girl is wild. Nice to see a celeb embracing what she who she is – naturally.

  • BigHair77 says:

    So the "b…" was a little extra, but yay for her acknowledging that, for most of us,our hair is nappy and that is OKAY! I am actually surprised since she has a penchant for wearing fake har…but cool for her.

  • Precious Henshaw says:

    LOL I'm dying right now …. of course it's never appropriate but …. goodness that's funny!

    precious-curls.blogspot.com

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