Rihanna Responds to Writer Who Called Her "Toxic"

Singer says criticism from across the pond was "amateur."

Posted: 06/25/2013 02:44 PM EDT
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Rihanna usually keeps her social media arguments in the shade (see "back and forths" with Chris Brown, Ciara and Amanda Bynes), but not with Liz Jones.

Jones, a writer for the U.K.'s Daily Mail, recently wrote an opinion piece labeling Rih "pop's poisonous princess." In it, Jones explains how she met a "demure" Rihanna at a fashion industry event some years ago, and thereafter went on to criticize Rih's recent Instagram pics, dancing and decision to date Chris Brown despite the infamous 2009 assault.

"I wish she’d stop infecting our High Streets with her gun tattoos, her false nails and fake hair, her bogus bad-a-- shenanigans that try to portray her as ‘real’, as ‘street’, as her own person, as strong and single-minded," Jones wrote, but not before noting that Rih's alleged psuedo-independent image has some 30 million Twitter followers.

"Most of these ‘followers’, of course, are young girls," Jones wrote. "Those same girls, some as young as eight or nine, have been packing out her concerts at Twickenham this month as part of her sell-out UK tour … these little girls don’t realise there is anything wrong with what they are doing — they just want to copy the chart-topping star — who this year became the first singer ever to have had ten No. 1 singles in the U.S. Billboard Chart ... if only she could be a better role model for young women."

Jones, reportedly in her mid-50s, then explained why she feels young women, in particular, are at risk.

"Because young women are far more impressionable than young men," she wrote. "They want to be Rihanna, have her lifestyle, her clothes, her men, her habits ... The message she’s sending to her young fans, through her explicit lyrics, vile dance moves and pictures on Twitter, is utterly toxic."

@BadGalRiRi, 25 years old, posted a most unflattering picture of Jones with a response that opened with "LOL!!!!"

"'If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here's a toxic tip: don't be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter!" Rihanna exclaimed. "Nobody over here acts like they're perfect," she continued. "I don't pretend that I'm like you, i just live... My life!!"

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