Rihanna was playing a concert in Lille, France on Saturday when she told the crowd to pay attention and get off their phones, essentially. A fan posted a video on Twitter (which has since been deleted) in which Rihanna is heard saying “I don’t want to see you texting your boyfriends or girlfriends. I don’t want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch.”
You may think that’s farfetched because who would play Pokemon Go at a concert they spent good money for? Someone would. An Instagram user who had incredible stageside tickets to Beyonce in Paris last week posted a video of a woman playing Pokemon Go instead of watching the show. Beyonce was performing just a few feet away. Right after that Beyonce walked by the crowd and touched a bunch of people, including the fan who was filming the video and screaming wildly. He wrote that he’s “never showering again” and also that the woman playing Pokemon Go was “lucky Solange never saw her.” Here’s that video:
This just helps confirm my decision not to download Pokemon Go. I see friends on Facebook posting their levels and the Pokemon (you don’t pluralize that like Rihanna did) they catch and it looks highly addictive. It’s so addictive people don’t care about seeing Beyonce or Bieber or Rihanna or whomever. Also, do you think Rihanna knew about the woman playing Pokemon Go at the Beyonce concert before she said that? I don’t think so given that the video was posted to Instagram right around then, but it’s possible.
In related Rihanna news, she’s been cast on the upcoming fifth and final season of Bates Motel as the Janet Leigh character, Marion Crane. (If you’re not watching Bates Motel you can catch up to the first three seasons on Netflix. It’s so worth it. This last fourth season is not yet available unless you buy it.) Normally I side eye it when a celebrity is cast on a TV show I love, but I think Rihanna is going to be incredible. (Also, I’m disappointed that Bates Motel was so thoroughly overlooked at the Emmys this year. Maybe next year it will finally get some recognition.)
You may have seen this photo and illustration last year of Rihanna dressed like a Pokemon Gym Leader, whatever that is. Apparently it’s not a real Pokemon character though and someone just saw Rihanna in that cute outfit and drew a picture of her wearing it with some Pokemon. She really does dress like a cartoon character.
— D-Piddy (@_dpiddy) September 8, 2015
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