It seems the recent twitter beef between Rihanna and Teyana Taylor might not be the type of publicity to increase their income after all. During Teyana Taylor’s rant on Twitter, she changed her cover image to an image of a battered-faced Rihanna. Teyana Taylor deleted most of her tweets for that day and changed the cover image but a twitter user was kind enough(?) to grab a screenshot.
— Jennifer Stafford (@JenniferStaffrd) September 24, 2013
After a while, a change.org petition went up asking Adidas (whom she’s a brand ambassador of) to cancel her endorsement. Here’s the quote below.
On 23/09/2013,Teyana Taylor proceeded to mock domestic violence when she uploaded this image to her twitter:
Miss Taylor first (before the image above) started sending abusive and offensive tweets/retweets to Rihanna for over a period of 8 hours. This is not about RIHANNA, this is about all the ABUSED WOMEN of the world being MOCKED! IT IS A SHAME that ADIDAS seems to be endorsing @TEYANATAYLOR!
We demand that you do the right thing and terminate her contract and send a strong message to your consumers! Letting one of your sponsors mock a domestic violence victim discourages your female customers from speaking out against their abusers!!!
The petition has already gathered more than 2,500 signatures and the comments there were really inflamed with some people stating how they have been victims of abuse and they are not happy with Teyana using that to mock anyone.
A little later, another change.org petition went up – this time against Rihanna. The petition was to MAC Cosmetics stating how Rihanna is a cyberbully and uses her popularity to insult and demean others and asking them to take away Rihanna’s endorsement. Cyberbullying is a huge issue overseas where young teens have committed suicide after being insulted continuously online. Here is the petition
Rihanna has many young fans that look up to her and bullying is a HUGE problem that we are facing with the youth today. She is known for constantly bullying and picking fights with people over the internet and this is a problem that has been going on for a while now. By consistently attacking people online about their looks and reminding them how they are beneath her, she is using her platform in a very negative light and does not provide a positive image for MAC cosmetics or any of the other companies that she endorses. She is a poor role model and promotes habitual drug use. Rihanna openly smokes marijuana and no doubt has encouraged her fans to do so as well. Due to the behavior that Rihanna is exhibiting, her fans and followers have made death threats and are also exhibiting bullying behavior. This is important b/c Rihanna continues to lead the young women of America down a dark path. She continues to demonstrate destructive behavior to the young girls of this great United States of America by using her huge platform for negativity as opposed to promoting female empowerment and uplifting our young ladies. Because she has such a huge influence over so many, as a result of her bullying and verbal abuse it has encouraged her followers to do so as well. There have been many death threats from people that are a part of her social media gang that she refers to as “The Rihanna Navy”. At a simple request from her, they will pounce on anyone that Rihanna wants to bring her wrath down upon. She is definitely a cyber-bully as evidenced by her Twitter attacks on Ciara, Karruche Tran and Teyana Taylor, just to name a few. These attacks can do harm to a person’s self-esteem and can lead to things such as depression and suicide which happens to be an ongoing epidemic in our country amongst teenagers, especially young girls. As someone who knows a person who took their life due to bullying, this not only destroys the life of the person who killed themself, it also changes the lives of the family of the person doing the bullying. Continuously creating a negative cycle that will repeat itself. The effects of cyber-bullying will stunt the growth of our beautiful nation by weakening the psyche of the women of tomorrow who will lead us into the next century. Is this someone who you want representing your brand? It’s time that Rihanna learns that bullying is UNACCEPTABLE and will not be tolerated!
If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 #saynotobullying
This one has gathered just a little below a thousand.
What do you think of these two petitions? Will you be signing any?