Have you seen shocking headlines and social media posts recently claiming that Rihanna told a group of kids in Barbados to pray to Satan? If so, you’re yet another victim of fake news. While the basis of the story, the singer’s attendance at a street-renaming ceremony in Barbados, is true, every quote, originating from dubious news source YourNewsWire.com, was completely fabricated.
The original article claimed that during Barbados Independence Day ceremony, Rihanna went on an anti-God tirade and encouraged children in attendance to pray to Satan: “If you came here for tips I can give y’all the biggest one straight off...Jesus doesn’t care about you. Do you really think He even listening? Hot tip y’all, because you are my people. Be efficient, go to Satan.” The article then claims that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart “hastily changed the topic, and shocked parents intervened and removed their children.”
YourNewsWire, according to Rational Wiki, is a Los Angeles-based “clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto (News. Truth. Unfiltered).”
So, what are the facts? Last month, Rihanna did in fact attend an Independence Day ceremony in Barbados. She was honored by the government with the renaming of the street she grew up on as a child, now “Rihanna Drive”. On the commemorative plaque, Rihanna is quoted saying, “Welcome to Rihanna Drive…My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road. I was just a little island girl riding bikes, running around barefoot and flying kites in the cemetery, but I had BIG dreams. Dreams that were born and realized right here. Thank you to my family, my country and the people of Westbury New Road! You will forever be a part of who I am, and for that I am honored to have this place named after me.”