Notes From The Margin

June 27, 2007

Rihanna blasts the Bajan haters…..

Filed under: Barbados,Rihanna,USA — notesfromthemargin @ 2:15 am

Rihanna let rip earlier this week



What’s it like when you go back to visit Barbados these days? Do you still have a lot of friends there? Are people mostly happy for you or do you get hated on a lot? A lot of them hate me, but a lot of them love me. I don’t really let the ones that hate me stop me from doing what I wanna do. They always have something to say about what I’m wearing, what I’m not wearing, like in the ”Umbrella” video. If I wear a swimsuit to the beach, it’s a problem, they put it on the front of the newspaper and call into programs. It really annoys me when people that I try to represent and I try to put them on the map as much as I can — you know, I didn’t have to put Tridents in my videos.

Put what in your videos? Trident, which is the symbol of the flag. I didn’t have to talk about them. I didn’t have to even mention that I’m from Barbados. But I do and people kind of take it for granted. They hate me. They talk s— about me all the time. But I’m like, ”Whatever. I’m still doing this cause I love to do it and you’re not going to stop me.”

You know, most Bajans are really proud of Rihanna, unfortunately it’s the ones who will always find something to gripe about who make the most noise. Bad news makes good press, and makes the call in programmes. I think she’s stretching the point when she says “A lot of them hate me..” I don’t think it goes for the majority of Bajans but then I’m not at the receiveing end of those comments.

It’s unfortunate that Rihanna now feels that she should only come home to visit friends and family and it would be a shame if she continued to feel this way . The fact of the matter is she is the most successful entertainer to come out of Barbados, and she didn’t have to push Barbados as much as she did.

We can only hope that she continues to promote us in the future.



  1. Rhianna must have been told by her management to expect this kind of criticism. There it stands to reason that this is a PR stunt to coincide with her new bad girl image.

    Comment by David — June 27, 2007 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  2. I can’t blame her there are quite a few Bajans who are hypocritical neo-Colonial twits who did shout on Brass tacks about her swimsuit, so what? About time she spoke up, folk would think she’s a wuss or can’t read!

    Comment by Ian Bourne — June 28, 2007 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  3. I like Rihanna a lot. I admire the fact that she was able to slip into who she is as an entertainer so easily. I do not care how famous she thinks she is. Crying down one’s country is an absolute no-no.I’m a fellow barbadian and she rubbed me the wrong way. I saw several blogs where she is also duly hated by people all over the world. Simply because of how she dresses, with everything hanging out..especially on stage.Check for yourself on True the call in program thing was ridiculous. But the fact remains that the way she was dressed was obviously shocking and in poor taste. Swimsuits are for the beach not restaurants.To Quote an avid fan, “Bajans don’t need to hate on Rihanna, the Americans have that covered.” En quote. So miss Riri, you better watch your self and Shut and Drive!!!

    Comment by Sequoia — June 29, 2007 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

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  5. WEll, I have just read so many comments about Rihanna, I think you all should let the young lady do her thing, if she had stayed in Barbados you would have still crticised her. I am so proud of her, because she is an inspiring and worthy miss…..knowing that she is Barbadian and Guyanese desendant, I am indeed thrilled to have come across her music. I now see where she got her beauty, just shine Rihanna, life is like a pitching star when it pitches make the best of it. Good luck, bye.

    Comment by Alex — July 25, 2007 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • rihanna’s dad is irish,bajan and her mom is gyanese

      Comment by dyann — April 5, 2011 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  6. i like rhianna a lot i just wanted to say that not only some barbadians hate u a lot of people all over the world do and please just try to don’t let people get u down

    Comment by ashanti — August 6, 2007 @ 3:28 am | Reply

  7. Let me just say that in the entertainment industry one artist in never loved entirely. Rihanna’s handlers, advisors or whoever should have advised her that this was expected. True some of us Bajans are gudgeful and petty but I believe the majority are very happy for and proud of Rihanna. I will further say to her to keep you head up and keep out of trouble, not every bajan hates you majority of us love you and ignore the ones that hate. Most impotantly NEVER forget where you come from and stay humble

    Comment by Hotsteppa — August 19, 2007 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  8. You can please some but not all!


    I am very proud of you. You have a beautiful body and if you want to flaunt it go right ahead. Your haters wish they were in your shoes today but they can’t because they are full of hate instead of being happy that someone from a small island can reach the height of they dreams with your talent.
    Ignore them all and do your thing. There will always be haters. Barbados should be happy that you promote the Island the way you do you could have chosen too push Guyana instead. So princess good luck and do you.
    Please stay focus and do not let the bright lights turn you down the dark road that so many talented stars go. Remember where you are from and what your parents taught you and thank God every day for your lucky stars.
    Bajans that never got a chance to travel tends to have limited views and don’t seem to think beyond their noses and that is sad, there should be a way that most of them should get a break to get out of the small town to gain some knowledge.
    People need to realize that in your business there are job guidelines in order to make it and they need to be more open minded. Your are not smoking pot and drinking and getting drunk. Your are doing your JOB – Leave the young girl alone. They are just jealous.
    Rihanna I love who you are and what you stand for. Your are smart beyond your years and you make me proud. Just shine my lady.
    To your parents – Your raised your daughter now let her explore her dreams – Forget the haters they need to put that energy into something to build themselves some dreams. You should be proud of Rihanna.

    Comment by Atlanta — August 30, 2007 @ 6:01 am | Reply

  9. Do you want to know the real reason why so many Barbadians hate her so much? Simple. They are too “bad minded”. Let’s not fool ourselves here people! When a Barbadian criticizes someone, in very few instances do they do it out of a genuine need to see that person reform whatever flaw they are highlighting so that that person becomes better. Most of the time, Bajans employ critism to highlight something inferior about a person and to use that inferiority as a horrific weapon against that person’s self esteem and self worth. In other words, to shoot that person down. That’s why the modern Barbadian has evolved into such a secretive individual. You can’t let know one know you are building your house cause they’ll stop at nothing to retard your progress. You can’t let no one know that you’re bying a new car cause when you get it, they are going to give you the loveliest scratch you’ve ever seen on a new car. Most of all you can’t let no one know who your boyfriend or girlfriend is cause ” dem gine thief e’ from yuh good as a rusty cent.” I tell yuh.

    That’s now our nature.

    Comment by Sofarsogood — September 4, 2007 @ 11:06 pm | Reply


    Comment by raynaldo — September 16, 2007 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  11. People who did not go to school with her or have any personal contact with her hate her, that is just stupid. However, i have friends who were personally cursed by her for STUPID reasons and i think that is unfair, i never really had anything bad to say about her, i actually like some of her songs, but u cant blame some bajans (the ones who actually met her) for hating her, they just probably didnt like her attitude towards them, anywho, i hope she does well, and as for where she comes from, i think shes already forgotten, and by the way,yuh kno the trident u didnt have to put in your video, yea, ITS ACTUALLY BROKEN. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

    Comment by BRUNEZ — November 10, 2007 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  12. She must be the best thing that ever happened to Barbados. I like her music and she’s ok….but like everything else in Hollywood…she will fade at some point…just hope she’s saving that money.

    Comment by jamaicangirl2007 — February 26, 2008 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  13. Rihanna is living a life that many desire today including myself. I am proud of her because she is the 1st Barbadian star that is known world wide. I am still amazed by her. It’s great that she’s living HER dream. Rihanna congrats, I don’t think that you got lucky, it IS your destiny! People, no need to hate, it destroys ur spirit.

    Comment by Bajansuperstar2inthemaking — April 11, 2008 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  14. Yeah Right..I dont believe Rhianna said anything like that…U need to stop with all this shit

    Comment by Joycelyn Price — May 30, 2008 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  15. I love Rihanna´s music she has a wonderful voice.but i dont no what to think of he as yet.when she started singing I instantly liked her,but as she became more famous she has thats why i dont know what to think of´s true her mother is from guyana(thats where the beautiful body and her talent came from)and her father is from abrbados so i think she should promote those two countries a bit more.\and she should also stay humble.I identfy with her because i am 20 years old to and want to follow in her footsteps and also my idol is her boyfriend Chris Brown.

    Comment by Tiffany — September 5, 2008 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  16. and this is what you all call TALENT? she cant sing or dance… cameon… im sure there are other bhajans out there who can sing more than her… i am not jealous its just she really disappointed me when I went to see her live.. she is very lethargic on stage.. and we know that most carribians really dance on stage but with her!! its sad… There is a rumor that she is very broke… how sad… whats up must come down and dissing your people like this will bring you bad luck… go back and apologise to your people before its too late.

    Comment by cnn — November 8, 2008 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  17. Just ta let all you haters (bajans and non-bajans alike) know that 4 everyone of u that’s hating on Rihanna there is ten times more people that love her 4 who she is, a beautiful, talented and down to earth young lady, who got a big break. Just let her live her life and get on with your own sad life’s. Sadly, i can c why u guys are so jelous of her, its because she is so sucessful and she is so pretty with her green eyes and beautiful smile she so georgeous, even if has a big 4head it could never take away from her stunning looks. And not to talk of her stunning physique she is surely blessed. So i really do understand why u guys r hating on riri. Well you should go and get some plastic surgery and learn to stop hating on someone that is much more beautiful than u. Just face facts, Rihanna is one of the most beautiful artiste currently out there and that is one of the reasons why she is so successfull. BIG UP AND GOD BLESS U RIHANNA, I PRAY GOD WILL KEEP YOUR SUCCESS IN FULL SWING SO THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO LAUGH AT THESE HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by kinky1 — November 25, 2008 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  18. cnn is the only one with some sense!
    Rihanna has NO TALENT!

    Comment by Proud Riri Hater — November 30, 2008 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  19. Gosh! wat the fuck is wron with u people? i mean Beyonce is almost always practically naked in her videos but no, none a ya’ll sees that but u all C Rihanna’s nudity. Way to go playing blind! u people are such hypocrites. I mean if u guys r gonna criticise 1 then do the same to the other. There are too many of you haters out there. I believe that Rihanna is far more attractive as compared to Beyonce, u peeps kno this and that’s y u all r trying so hard to lower her self-esteem. Rihanna has prettier skin, eyes, facial features, I MEAN SHE’S FAR BETTER LOOKING THAN BEYONCE AND U PEOPLE KNOW IT. I mean beyonce is just big and thick and is so no competition 4 Rihanna so just get over it!
    My Gosh, its like u people have no life and the funny thing is that majority of u haters are ‘ugly ducklins’. Gosh! U r all probably just a bunch of pots cursing kettle. If u ask me, Its obvious that Beyonce dresses ‘sluttier’. I was never a big fan of her videos/songs. Y? Her videos were always slutty and her sngs are always about a man, nothing else, so desperate. You peeps r always judging that Rihanna is a copy-cat, come on people, Jay-Z was her producer, Jay-Z’s with Beyonce, the only female image he knows to portray is Beyonce’s. This thing is just like the movie business when u’re new in the singing industry u DO NOT ave much say as to which image u should portray, ur producers do the planning, u do the singing. U notify ur producers of everything u plan to do to ur physical image. Rihanna’s producers pushed her around. The changing of hair length and colour was her idea, she said so herself. But her producers forced to wear extensions just to keep the image they want, the common female R&B ariste image of long hair. She said & i quote “I felt like the world had long, curly, flowy blond hair. Ciara, Beyonce, Christina Milian, Mariah Carey. Everybody wanted to be like everybody else. So I cut my hair and they (Def Jam) made me put my long hair back in (as extensions).The second time, I didn’t have any discussions, nothing. I just cut it, I dyed it black, I went into the studio making music my way. I found myself all at once. I like things strong, edgy, a little to the left. I don’t like things that are expected – nothing cliched.” End of quote.Rihanna now has her image, a rock star-like image with some ‘girly’ touch to it. Nothing like beyonce’s. Beyonce is the 1 who’s now cliche, she’s just like other R&B/Hip-Hop female artistes , slutty outfits, slutty videos which is ALWAYS ABOUT A MAN! So next X when u people decide to talk about originality get ur facts straight bcuz beyonce is the 1 far fr it. Therefore all that Beyonce image was Jay-Z’s doing. Ever since Rihanna broke away from Jay-Z her etire image changed, simply because the Beyonce image wasn’t her image. She doesn’t want to be like Beyonce, she’s doing great being herself, actually, she’s doing better than Beyonce as she’s now giving Beyonce a run for her money with a sexier image, so much attention even fr haters, i mean we all kno y u people r call haters(people filled with grudge and bad-mind!)and having so many #1 hits on intl charts! SHE’S DOIN FINE BEIN HERSELF INDEED! Beyonce copies moves from the late Aaliyah and a lot of her moves r Jamaican. There’s a quote that i always say and it goes by: “When u really wanna hate someone, u will always find faults in them despite the good they do”. This is exactly what people like u did to Britney Spears, break down her self-esteem to mk her feel worthless so u can feel better. It’s so sad and pretty LOW DOWN that u people feed off & get strength from bringing down others. Very sick isn’t it. i just hope Rihanna is stronger than Britney, i hope she has thick skin. I hpe she shrugs off all u haters’ comments as being trivial and nothing but grudge as they really are. Again to all you mother******* out there talking bout she can’t sing keep it to yourselves, if u don’t have anything good to say keep it to yourselves, i mean i don’t like Beyonce’s voice, her voice just doesn’t appeals me but i don’t go over the net nor anywhere else talking bout it, stylin it as ‘annoying’ because others like it and its just a matter of opinion, its also not nice going around talkin bad bout people. (on a serious level though, can u haters sing?). I believe Rihanna has a unique, distinquishing voice and while Beyonce’s voice reminds me of other artiste in the business, Rihanna’s voice is her own. There’s no one else that comes 2 mind. And by the way if she couldn’t sing Evan Rogers wouldn’t had brought her to the states to get a record label and Jay-Z wouldn’t had snatched her 4 himself, signing her on as fast as he heard her voice. U haters don’t like her voice, Jay-Z does. Now, concerning the Jay-Z-Rihanna affair, they both denied it so PLEASE, PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT IT until proven otherwise. I mean would they be so stupid to be kissing in pulic, knowing there’s no privacy in America, COME ON! Rihanna is from the Caribbean and i’m proud. she represents the good caribbean girls, ‘beautiful, glamorous and full of class’, can’t say that for Beyonce as to me she seems like some1 who easily gets all riled up over trivial matters, some1 who loves a beatdown and fighting over man. She felt threatened by Rihanna because obviously Rihanna is a lot of competition 4 her. I believe she just felt insecure, i mean she’s not the most beautiful woman in the world. Neither is she the only 1. She’s held the figure of the physical appearance that men want in women but now Rihanna’s given her a run, lots of guys have now focus on Rihanna and Beyonce’s losed her spot and trust me there’ll be a whole lot more. I mean there r a lot of beautiful women in the world some others might even consider more beautiful than they. The truth is, beauty nevr lasts, today you’re in and tomorrow u’re out and that’s exactly what’s happening to Beyonce. I figured that that’s y she and Jay-Z got married in all of that heat. I mean after putting him off so long, thinking she’s drop dead gorgeous and no one else is when along came competition. In life nothing’s certain, not even wat i’m now texting but it sure sounds logical and therefore being with a guy 4 20 yrs doesn’t mean he’l never leave u neither does growing up with him and tagging him along, nor the fact that he spends a lot of cash on u because i mean 4 guy like Jay-Z there’s always more where it came from. So she marries him, can’t leave now can he but he SURE can still cheat, have an affair with ur competitor(s). Right? So women, my advices incl this 1, ‘get over yourselves’ because u can’t omit the possibility of ur husbands or boyfriends cheating on u nor feel insecure about all the beautiful girls that comes around them(u’ll get tired and miss the most important things around u). This world is filled with beautiful women, some ur man might think more beautiful than u and that is where ur inner beauty comes in, where u be the best, graceful, kind, forgiving and loving wife u can b bcuz @ the end of the day that’s all that matters, ‘inner beauty’. Beating ur chest like a gorilla and acting hostile 2 every beautiful woman to lower they’r self-esteem just to mk u feel better will only mk u lk BAD, INSECURE, SELFISH and WEAK! I’ve been there before and i know how it feels. Its all of the above.
    Maybe y Rihanna clashes those Bajans hater is because they’re her people, they’r 2 support her most, i mean it’s just like having a family that doesn’t support you.
    Forget the American haters, I mean who gives a shit what they think. We all know that America’s filled with a lot of haters except those that r Caribbean-born & living there. I mean that’s y the entire American economy crashed bcuz ur country’s filled with war-heads, war-heads who gave George Bush another term to further ur journies to HELL! So forget u ****#?*!
    JUST LIVE UR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE: nastascia spence
    Fr: Jamaica

    Comment by Nastascia spence — December 16, 2008 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  20. God NASTASCIA, Way to jock Rihanna, what has that BITCH ever done for you, I’d sure like to know. She’s a fake bitch she took Kelis’ and Fefe Dobson’s style(someone else told me that and i checked it, its true). When she first came on the scene her style was really different. I’m not hating I’ve stated a true fact: she’s a fake BITCH, look how her whole style and attitude changed.

    Comment by 1/2amazing — February 11, 2009 @ 1:39 am | Reply

  21. why are you all so jealous of the girl……………..if she is fake big deal……who are you all to judge……..she is successful and loves what she does……………….envy the second evil in the world……………props to you miss Fenty…………..I AM FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND I LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING …………FORGET THE CRITICS…..PEOPLE ONLY DISCUSS OTHERS WHO ARE IMPORTANT……AND ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE U …….HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH………………..

    Comment by melody — March 13, 2009 @ 5:59 am | Reply

  22. Hey, Rihanna made it and you did not. Get over it and get a life.

    THIS Bajan says “You go girl!!”

    Comment by bimjim — May 27, 2009 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  23. Dispite what people say I think Rihanna has got talent, if she didn’t she would not be successful… Am I wrong???
    But as for the Bajan making comments and hating on her… Thats unfortunately how some of them are.. Being of Bajan desent my self I know how they can make their comments which can be hurtful and gossip…
    But she should just get on with it and not pay the hater no mind…

    Comment by Anonymous — July 24, 2009 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  24. I have “found” Rihanna just lately but I’m already totally in love with her. She’s so beautiful and her voice is amazing as well. I just hope she would start to use more real instruments on her albums instead of synthesizers and drummachines.


    The Rihanna discography Guy

    Comment by jubakala — July 30, 2010 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  25. What’s to like when you sell trash, act like a slut, and project a bad girl image all for the dollar. Not much to admire about her as a person that’s for sure.

    Comment by Les — June 12, 2012 @ 7:02 am | Reply

  26. What she says about SOME bajans being overly critical and ,well, mean is frankly true but know this, there are others who are extremely kind, accepting and ,although they may not like her music might not be their style, they certainly DO NOT hate her. Btw I’m a Barbadian teenaged girl…so maybe some of the adults on here should stop yelling in caps lock…..justsayin..

    Comment by Voiceofreason — August 30, 2012 @ 4:52 am | Reply

  27. Rihanna haterz these days team rihanna

    Comment by Carla bear — November 27, 2012 @ 11:38 am | Reply

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