Notes From The Margin

March 10, 2008

Is Rihanna Ambassador Material?

Filed under: Barbados,Barbados Media,Caribbean,culture,entertainment,Government,Media,Rihanna,tourism — notesfromthemargin @ 9:34 pm

We came across a thought provoking article in the South Florida Times which was talking about the recent award of “Cultural Ambassador” status to Rihanna by Barbados. The article makes some thought provoking reading.

However the author then goes on to list possible downsides….
While the article concludes positively, we got to thinking that it ignores a salient point. At the moment Rihanna is an ambassador for Barbados whether she has the honorary title or is just a citizen. She is the ONLY entertainer on the world stage publicly identified with the country, and is in fact quite often the only point of reference that many people have.  If you talk to people who market Barbados they indicate that Rihanna has introduced Barbados to a range of people who had never heard of the island before. As a result of this we are inextricably tied to Ms. Fenty.
We could do a whole lot worse for an ambassador… and more to the point Rihanna recognises this tie and seems to embrace it with relish. (She didn’t have to big up the island in her acceptance speech) So yes there are risks in honoring a 20 year old, but we are taking that risk whether we accord Ms. Fenty the ceremonial title or not.


  1. That is a big load of crud – she had three years of increasing successes to go off the hook, with a father who’s had a known history of substance abuse whiule there is a potential by some for her to do same if you have tracked her interviews? Then you’d realise it is the opposite, I think it scared her straight! The worst craving she has is for buffalo wings, mangoes and spiced white rice with pink bubblegum for dessert – Gimme a break!

    Comment by Ian Bourne — March 12, 2008 @ 7:19 am | Reply

  2. Welcome to the Margin Ian, it’s good to see you here. All of us have the potential to screw up, but for what it’s worth, from what I’ve seen Rihanna seems to be making all the right moves. I agree with you on the effect of seeing her father’s struggles with addiction, and she does seem to have a good bead on the “hollywood” aspects of the business.

    She will make mistakes from time to time, as she is only human, but hopefully they won’t be huge ones and she will learn from the experiences. But honestly that could be said of anyone (the rest of us just don’t have to do it in the spotlight)


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — March 12, 2008 @ 8:12 am | Reply

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