An old clip of Rihanna talking her way around gender inclusivity has gone viral online. But before the Navy gets up in arms—no one’s getting canceled. In fact, the clip is part cringe, part endearing, but it’s all entertaining.
The short video comes from the Fenty Show Vol. 2 fashion show in 2020. While speaking to a reporter, Rihanna attempts to explain how Fenty’s underwear is made to be inclusive, but it’s the exact phrasing that has most of us rolling on the floor.
“I designed some boxer briefs that both men and women, and nonbinary people of all, um… gender… appropriations… and the pronouns… everyone is included,” she told the interviewer.
she was just saying shit 😭 pic.twitter.com/7i7iSiPogI
— anyways (@famemxnster) December 5, 2022
Clumsy and awkward as it is, the point definitely comes across. And it’s not just talk (which is fortunate, since that’s the talk we’re working with). Rihanna does make an effort to include LGBTQ+ models in her shows.
For a lot of viewers, the clip made her more relatable as she struggles to simply say that her underwear is made for everyone while attempting to use both specific and non-specific language.
me after cramming for my gender studies exam an hour before taking it https://t.co/eEJo8UPQva
— gbae⋆lola (@gbennylola) December 8, 2022
Me struggling to remember the company “inclusivity” script at my first PR ASSIGNMENT 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/saBpbdD9g4
— THE PRONOUNS (@Niell_Standard) December 5, 2022
But you’ve got to give it up for everyone’s new favorite phrase: “the pronouns.”
THE PRONOUNS 🤣☠️ https://t.co/TKSBIpQ1uk
— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) December 5, 2022
— chicken salad (@fimalerap) December 5, 2022
the four genders: men, women, non binary people and the pronouns https://t.co/g5XoMl5kUp
— 🌸 (@ericeffiorg) December 5, 2022
We must also give “gender appropriation” an honorable mention.
Gender appropriations is taking me out https://t.co/Il0dmhG58e
— The Elusive Dykteuse 🤭 (@ouijney) December 5, 2022
Gender appropriation 😭 she said buy the briefs dfkm https://t.co/bD9EREHAdV
— Chaos Coordinator (@OdunEweniyi) December 6, 2022
“Non-binary people of all gender appropriations and pronouns” is how I am going to describe myself from now on. https://t.co/h3UweYGLMp
— كاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكاكا (@kookykarthik) December 6, 2022
As a business mogul, Rihanna knows what she’s doing.
She said I’m not getting cancelled today 🤭 https://t.co/OldEg2CJge
— Miss Fiercalicious (@fiercalicious) December 5, 2022
And at the end of the day, you’ve gotta love her for trying.
she was trying her best not to leave anyone out … i love her 😭 https://t.co/7nnZjSBVAJ
— ☆ L A N A (@lanajarae) December 5, 2022
Love her so much https://t.co/UCfPhFIAdL
— Bosco (@hereisbosco) December 6, 2022
With her most recent Savage x Fenty show drawing controversy over the inclusion of Johnny Depp, Rihanna has recently returned to music after a six year hiatus. The timing is perfect, as it is a great reminder of what we loved her for in the first place: the bops, not the public speaking.