-By Michael Arceneaux
Less than 10 seconds into Rihanna’s new single, “Work,” featuring Drake, I started dancing like I had no self-respect. Obviously, after a few false starts, Rihanna has finally found the big hit she needs to properly launch her long-delayed new album, Anti. Now, while I know everything ain’t for everybody and that it’s often best to ignore Twitter A&R reps, there was a very Donald Trump-like critique about “Work” that I cannot ignore.
Apparently, some folks don’t like that they cannot make out exactly what Rihanna is saying on the track. Well, that’s the politically correct way of saying these fools are being prejudice as hell. Like, I imagine they say things like “BUILD THAT WALL” in their spare time.
Sample tweets include:
Does Rihanna speak English https://t.co/3yQyha7l2T
— Dean Doherty (@Dean_Dohertyy) January 27, 2016
is rihanna singing english or illegal barbodian immigrant
— CLAIRE (@cloxic) January 27, 2016
Rihanna wasn't even speaking English on her new track w/ Drake…no bueno
— PJ (@pj_walshe17) January 27, 2016
Rihanna how long have you been in the states? & you still can't speak English for me
— Blair Waldorf (@Amour_Jaya) January 27, 2016
— Sami Jo (@TheSamiJoShow) January 27, 2016
You know, this is why a lot of folks across the globe give Americans sh-t about being terrible. To be fair, I was too busy body rolling to make out what Rih-Rih was saying on the song. But you know what? When I wanted to figure out what she was saying exactly so I could sing along probably, I turned to the internet.
And to the surprise of anyone with intellectual curiosity who isn’t terribly lazy, Google sent me to Genius who provided me with the lyrics of the song. There. Problem solved.
Do you see how easy that was for me? Awesome, now you can stop being xenophobic, insensitive pricks and follow suit.
By the way, don’t think I didn’t notice the irony in so many people attacking Rihanna’s enunciation on a dancehall record doing so with the worst grammar imaginable. You baby Stacey Dashs’ have your nerve. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to dancing to “Work.”