Rihanna: “Barf” is a compliment, it’s “10 out of 10”


These are photos from Rihanna’s performance on Good Morning America yesterday morning. First of all, this girl is a ham. In half of the pictures from her performance, she’s making a silly, funny face. She’s so cute. Secondly, this girl’s style is so crazy. I don’t think it’s even an act anymore, like it’s a trying-too-hard subversive fashion sense. I think she really does have some avant-garde (re: tacky-crazy-high fashion) taste. Anyway, I missed this, but Rihanna busted out of this dress before her performance, and claimed it was because she was “too fat”. Her exact words: “My dress! I’m a little too fat right now. The zip busted in the back. They’re like, ‘You’re a minute late!’ I wanted to stitch it up but I couldn’t.” Uh… honey, you’re not fat. Your clothes are just poorly made.

In other Rihanna news, she was interviewed by the New York Times this week, and she comes across as… weird. Like, after her interview with Diane Sawyer, I thought Rihanna had made some kind of breakthrough, and that she was a relatively intelligent young woman with stuff to say. Well, in this NYT piece (complete article here), Rihanna talks more about the Chris Brown incident and aftermath, but mostly she talks about music and fashion. She sounds… vapid. Sometimes. Not “oh my God, I hate her” vapid, but just “oh, she’s not as smart as I thought she was” vapid. Here are the highlights:

Rihanna on how “barf” is a compliment: “Barf!” Rihanna squealed, at the sight of a pair of pale pink satin Brian Atwood stilettos. In her world this is a compliment. “Usually it’s ‘ill’ or ‘I want to throw up on it. But barf is the worst,” meaning the best. “Barf is 10 out of 10.”

Rihanna on the aftermath of the Chris Brown incident: “As traumatic and as terrifying as it was, and sometimes I wish it never happened, my whole life changed in the most amazing way after I went through that. If I didn’t go through that, I swear, you would’ve been interviewing a completely different person.”

On her early career: “In the beginning, everything was a little more manufactured. It had to be safe, and in order for it to be safe, it had to be done before, which made no sense to me.” Her appearance, down to her lipstick color, was monitored by the label, she said. “I was like, ‘What do you mean, I can’t cut my hair? It has to be long and blond, like every other female singer in the game? No, I’m not doing that.’ ”

On her new album “Rated R”: “It was exactly what I tried to stay away from. When I was about to start the record, that was the first thing I said: ‘I don’t want no sad songs. I don’t want no songs about love.’ I turned away eight ballads: ‘I don’t want to do that, that’s totally expected.’”

On why she didn’t get therapy at first: “Everyone wanted me to see a therapist to just talk about it, and I refused,” she said. “In Barbados we don’t do that. We keep it in our family, and figure it out and move on. I just put my game face on and went on with my life. But deep down inside I had some things to get past, and it came out in the music.”

Rihanna on her “artistic” inspirations: “Jean-Paul Goude is amazing,” she said. “Helmut Newton is by far my favorite, because not only is everyone almost always naked, but they look good naked, and a lot of them have weapons in their hands.”

[From The New York Times]

In one last piece of Rihanna news, it seems she’s making serious bank. Page Six reports that Rihanna will play her first-ever performance in the Middle East – for New Year’s. She’s going to the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and she’s getting paid $500,000 for the performance. I bet that’s a killer party, actually. New Year’s in Abu Dhabi… so romantic!

Rihanna performing on ‘Good Morning America’ on November 24, 2009 in New York. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Sumodo says:

    Saw her shiteous performance on Letterman. That song (Song? Really?)had three notes and she could barely handle that. Team Beyonce! And, Jay-Z, go F*CK yourself!

  2. Shay says:

    The “barf” thing I’m not really surprised about. At one point the word “piss” was a compliment when I was in highschool and early college.

  3. QB says:

    Thank god she is cute because she can’t sing.

    Barf is the stupidest think I have heard. I could understand Rachael Zoe’s “I die” “shut it down” “.

    She is definitly trying too hard , she did not creater her own image. She looked like any high school chearleader would look back in 2005. Hoodies , belly shirts , cargo pants , pleated mini skirts and jeans.

    Her first popular hair cut(the one in umbrella) was choosen by Jay z because they wanted her to look more like a bad girl. She also got the stupid tattoos Then after Lady gaga started dressing crazy , Rihanna also started dressing crazy and taking this whole edgy and sexy image further , example the dick size comments.

    But then again I think they all copy Daphne Guinness. The queen of wacky couture wearing crazyness.

  4. Firestarter says:

    Awww, I like her.

    And I do like her Umbrella song.

    That is all.

  5. fizXgirl314 says:

    man, I see so many abu dhabi commercians here in switzerland, i’m getting sick of it… it sounds like caveman speak… actually, swiss tv has a ton of advertising for travel… much more so than american tv… man, we americans need more vacation time :/

  6. Neelyo says:

    If you saw her Diane Sawyer interview it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s none too bright. Gorgeous and a good entertainer, but no member of MENSA.

  7. snowball says:

    No one with an IQ higher than 45 should ever have their hair done to look like a spastic rooster.

    I remember a story that she was kicked out of a friend’s wedding back in Barbados because she was wearing some seriously slutty clothes with all kinds of side boob exposure.

    She should be thrilled forever that she got someone like Jay Z to sort of manage her.

  8. Samantha says:

    What was this article about again? I read it but the second I scrolled down and saw Colin on the cover of vanity fair my mind went off in another direction… *drool*

  9. juiceinla says:

    “trying-too-hard” is the new black. Just ask Lady Gaga. Sigh. Glad I am too old to rehash Madonna’s wardrobe, all at once and in neon.

  10. Maja says:

    Give this girl a freaking break! Beyonce isn’t the brightest crayon in the box either.
    They don’t have to be. They’re entertainers and darn good at it. As long as Rihanna entertains me I don’t care about how crazy she dresses, how fug her hair looks or how vapid her comments are.
    (As long as she’s not Megan Fox 2.0 that is 😉 )

  11. sweetBaby says:

    Lol.. she IS fat for being that tall and slim on her waist. Her bootie is fat and thighs are really unshaped and untoned. She wants to be a skanky mannequin, but sorry, she’s not got the figure to back it nor the style.
    Another epic fail from the gal who can’t keep a note in line (not even with pc helping her untalented ass).
    As for the 500000 dollars for her gig, well, Abu Dhabi people clarly are crazy or tasteless. Or they just want to give an expensive ho to some of their sultans.

    Ri, cash in! Your 15 minutes are over finally. Your album is tanking painfully and this is all good. Bad Karma strikes back. You should have sent that woman beater in jail and keep your dignity straight.

    You would have still being untalented, but at least you would have gained my respect as a human being and a woman.

    You’re an EPIC FAIL.

  12. Kerri says:

    @ Sweetbaby – in the caribbean our men love big ass and alot of the women are bigger below – we all don’t need to be a stick figure with no curves – and Rihanna has a really nice shape – maybe she could be more toned but as far as i see she looks great.

    Hate to hate on a fellow caribbean woman but although i love her songs she sounds horrible live.

    She comes across so manufactured now – she doesn’t even sound bajan (barbadian) anymore.

  13. Zarah says:

    I thought the interview was fine. She’s not particuarly bright but she’s not dumb either. Don’t know what people are expecting. I think she’s pulled through this situation really well and at least she has not turned to drink and drugs and gone completely over the rails like a lot of her peers have done, even without the violence in their lives.

  14. DiMi says:

    I really like it that she talked about busting out of her dress and didn’t have to pretend like she’s perfect all of the time. I think it’s great that teenagers get to see a young woman who is comfortable enough in her body to talk and laugh about putting on a few pounds without suffering from self-hatred. I think it’s important for young girls to know that celebrities go up and down in size too and that it’s not the end of the world.

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