Rihanna Is Jamaican

Rihanna Is Jamaican

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Updated Oct 15, 2019 at 02:38PM EDT by Matt.

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Rihanna Is Jamaican, also known under the hashtag #RihannaIsJamaican, is a mock debate about the nationality of recording artist Rihanna, with many jokingly claiming her to be from Jamaica, despite her being from Barbados.

Origin

On October 9th, 2019, Twitter [1] user @DavidEatsViagra tweeted, "Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world will believe us, and there is nothing Bajans can do about it. Let's kidnap Rihanna's nationality, y'all." The tweet received more than 29,000 likes and 6,500 retweets in less than one week (shown below).



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That day, Twitter[2] user @CRUELCASSIUS tweeted a thread of "Rihanna embracing her Jamaican heritage." The post received more than 22,000 likes and 4,800 retweets in less than one week (shown below).



Additionally, that day, Twitter[3] user @twittatimes tweeted, "#RihannaIsJamaican Remember when…," becoming the first known use of the hashtag (shown below).



Following the emergence of the hashtag, many others began posting various tweets about Rihanna being Jamaican. For example, Twitter[4] user @mikey_esquire tweeted," The good sis Rihanna, representing the black green and gold of her native land, Jamaica on the world stage. Truly a global ambassador for our tiny Caribbean island. #RihannaIsJamaican." The tweet received more than 1,100 likes and 345 retweets in less than one week (shown below, left).

Throughout the week, others began sharing jokes about the mock debate (examples below, center and right).

Several media outlets reported on the memes, including PopBuzz,[5] GlobalVoices,[6] Paper[7] and more.


Uncle Mike @mikey_esquire The good sis Rihanna, representing the black green and gold of her native land, Jamaica on the world stage. Truly a global ambassador for our tiny Caribbean island. #RihannalsJamaican 3:41 PM Oct 9, 2019 Twitter for Android ąaistocaa4 @Loner_Boiii The firs Jamaican woman to cover 25 vogue issues. #Rihannaisjamaican 4:48 PM Oct 9, 2019 Twitter for iPhone reysoja @Officialreysoja #RihannalsJamaican barbados need to chill. Cause i remember this day like it was yesterday. Fulfilling Our Sacred Promise to The Jamaican People PNP PEOPLES NATIONAL PARTY 10:21 AM Oct 10, 2019 Twitter for Android YEAR YEAR 1 Fulfilling Our Sacred Promise to The Jamaican People

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