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NO, SHE WASN’T. (in case that isn’t clear)
Just had enough with sloppy, sensationalistic “journalism” this morning, and chewed out a “media outlet” (cough) on Twitter. The phenomena I’m angry about isn’t specifically their doing, but it’s an excellent example of 1) a problem endemic in blog reporting and growing in more traditional media outlets, grabbing tweets, sound bites and quotes and instantly running them out of context as the basis for a story; 2) good old fashioned sensationalism.
In this case, their victim is Rihanna.Gigwise claims Rihanna has been SLAMMED by her fans after STARVING HERSELF to prepare for a PHOTO SHOOT. They claim she COURTED CONTROVERSY after making COMMENTS, and that MANY of her fans IMMEDIATELY CONDEMNED her SAYING she set a BAD EXAMPLE.My emphasis. What actually happened is Rihanna made ONE tweet about the photoshoot, where she did reference starving, but no other context to say she actually starved herself or even dieted.Rihanna “#RihannaNavy I shot my first cover for Esquire yesterday with Russell James #rockstarshit Not much preparation for that besides wax+starve!!”While over 100+ people retweeted her announcement, the only replies or comments she got from fans, and there were only a handful, were mostly complimentary. In fact, the “many” fans who criticized her amounted to 2 (one who posted and another who retweeted the same tweet below), and another 2 who just didn’t think dieting sounded fun.MD_Lost2009 “@rihanna starve?? why?? thats a bad message to your fans ri-ri im dissapointed”Gidwise also didn’t bother to mention that four tweets (3 days) before her terrible starvation diet… Rihanna “Had my very first Philly cheese steak yesterday! Thx @johnnybananza @Tamara_RS @JaniseeAileen #Yummy”

NO, SHE WASN’T. (in case that isn’t clear)

Just had enough with sloppy, sensationalistic “journalism” this morning, and chewed out a “media outlet” (cough) on Twitter. The phenomena I’m angry about isn’t specifically their doing, but it’s an excellent example of 1) a problem endemic in blog reporting and growing in more traditional media outlets, grabbing tweets, sound bites and quotes and instantly running them out of context as the basis for a story; 2) good old fashioned sensationalism.


In this case, their victim is Rihanna.

Gigwise claims Rihanna has been SLAMMED by her fans after STARVING HERSELF to prepare for a PHOTO SHOOT. They claim she COURTED CONTROVERSY after making COMMENTS, and that MANY of her fans IMMEDIATELY CONDEMNED her SAYING she set a BAD EXAMPLE.

My emphasis. 

What actually happened is Rihanna made ONE tweet about the photoshoot, where she did reference starving, but no other context to say she actually starved herself or even dieted.

Rihanna “#RihannaNavy I shot my first cover for Esquire yesterday with Russell James #rockstarshit Not much preparation for that besides wax+starve!!”

While over 100+ people retweeted her announcement, the only replies or comments she got from fans, and there were only a handful, were mostly complimentary. In fact, the “many” fans who criticized her amounted to 2 (one who posted and another who retweeted the same tweet below), and another 2 who just didn’t think dieting sounded fun.

MD_Lost2009 “@rihanna starve?? why?? thats a bad message to your fans ri-ri im dissapointed”

Gidwise also didn’t bother to mention that four tweets (3 days) before her terrible starvation diet… 

Rihanna “Had my very first Philly cheese steak yesterday! Thx @johnnybananza @Tamara_RS @JaniseeAileen #Yummy”