BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday April 24, 2017 – It’s not the kind of birthday gift many people thought Barbadian superstar Rihanna should have given Queen Elizabeth II – photoshopped images of Britain’s Head of State on photos of the singer in a few of her eye-catching ensembles.
So now the hitmaker is facing some backlash from offended Brits.
Rihanna posted the series of photos on her Instagram page yesterday – two days after the monarch’s 91st birthday.
While some her more than 52 million Instagram followers saw the humour in the doctored images, some felt RiRi had crossed the line, describing her as “rude”, “disrespectful” and “a stupid little girl”.
“Its rude you know. This is not funny. She’s someone’s grandma. Imagine if [it’s] yours,” one person wrote, with another adding that “The queen is 91 and deserves respect.”
Rihanna was not fazed by the criticism, however.
In the caption on the fourth photo – from her shoot for Paper magazine, featuring the Queen’s head on her body wearing a Chanel suit with the buttons undone – she wrote: “it’s not that deep”.
And this morning, the “queen of clapping back” as one fan described her, posted a fifth photo on her Instagram page.
Rihanna has had a cordial relationship with at least one member of the Queen’s family – Prince Harry. The two met in Barbados last December when the Prince stopped in Barbados during his official visit to the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen, his grandmother.
His visit also coincided with the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations and he and Rihanna both attended at least three public events, including an Independence mega concert and HIV testing on World AIDS Day.