Rihanna famously hails from Barbados. She stays plugged into Bajan politics, has an official ambassador position, and goes home every year to serve looks at the Crop Over festival.
Who wouldn't want to have Rihanna as their countrywoman? Indeed, apropos of nothing, Jamaican Twitter has launched a campaign to steal Rihanna's nationality.
The joke's premise is essentially: "the rest of the world is so ignorant about the Caribbean (i.e. the only thing they know about it is Rihanna), we can tell them Rihanna is ours and they'll never know the difference.
According to entertainment websites Loop News Barbados and UrbanIslandz, the campaign kicked off with this Tweet:
Since that Tweet yesterday, Jamaican Twitter managed to get the hashtag #RihannaIsJamaican trending. Participants have constructed Jamaican Rihanna's entire biography, edited her Wikipedia page, and are sharing photoshopped versions of her passport and Jamaican currency. Essentially, Jamaica is gaslighting Barbados.
Indisputable proof! #RihannaIsJamaican https://t.co/ktlo58nL8C— Mike Robinson (@Mike Robinson) 1570717353.0
It’s confirmed , #RihannaIsJamaican . What more proof y’all need ? https://t.co/3kbQacXoCd— - (@-) 1570731856.0
Rihanna was born in a small town called Barbados in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. She has paid tribute and cited Bob Marle… https://t.co/rjQce1umvz— cassius. (@cassius.) 1570664783.0
Bajans could neverrrrr. Uno stink like bout Rihanna come from barbados😤 https://t.co/79d9hmSWJY— kuwdee the billionaire. (@kuwdee the billionaire.) 1570731327.0
Girl stop! U look ridiculous!!!! Rihanna and I went to the same primary school. Halfway Tree Primary, right cross t… https://t.co/yWGAKPJF4U— VanillaBeans (@VanillaBeans) 1570670385.0
The campaign makes a pretty funny point about white, Western folks ignorance.
The world is catching up! #RihannaIsJamaican https://t.co/7tgW6IokNR— Care Package (@Care Package) 1570676091.0
Barbadian Twitter, however, will under no circumstances will allow for their queen's heist. They've launched a counter-attack of their own and are even attempting burgle Jamaican dancehall legend Sean Paul.
Rihanna is from BARBADOS🇧🇧 not Jamaica🇯🇲! Who started this #RihannaIsJamaican shit I wanna fight https://t.co/UdQ8xBJU7P— S A B E E🇭🇹✨ (@S A B E E🇭🇹✨) 1570726709.0
Well they still trying... with @duttypaul 😂😂😂😂#RihannaIsJamaican https://t.co/3G1QJRPbUj— QUEEN (@QUEEN) 1570733511.0
Jamaica has their sights set on Nicki, who's Trinidadian, next.
*Jamaicans publicly taking Rihanna from Barbados* Trini🇹🇹: LMAAOOO😂 Jamaicans: we're taking nicki next Trini🇹🇹: https://t.co/xVg3pzaUJ3— Yo Quan! (@Yo Quan!) 1570710862.0
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