Yesterday, controversial footage leaked of Rihanna at Coachella.
The 27-year-old singer appeared to be holding a mysterious substance, followed by a somewhat extensive hold of her nose.
Tabloids speculate cocaine use, but RiRi was quick to defend herself.
Known for her gives-no-f*cks attitude, she took the matter to Instagram, proving she does, indeed, give a f*ck -- at least when it comes to false accusations.
She posted a photo of herself with a can of Coca-Cola captioned, “#petty.” It was a clear shot at the ignorant nature of the media. She then followed up with a harsh comment written in straight Rihanna fashion:
"N---- your lame ass got some f------ nerve!!! Any fool could see that's a joint that I'm basing with cigarette! Who snorts tobacco??!! FOH witcho 'never been to a rodeo so someone squeezing their nose means they're doing coke' lookin ass!!"
She was then snapped stepping out braless in a see-through white top in Santa Monica, which the media has claimed was an attempt at distracting from the issue.
It's a shock-value-inducing move, reminiscent of Cara Delevingne’s kiss with Sienna Miller back in 2013, just days after she, too, was seen with possible paraphernalia.
Personally, I believe Rihanna. She is easily one of the rawest, most uninhibited artists out there.
With overtly sexual songs like “Birthday Cake” and “S&M,” she makes no effort to be wholesome, let alone some kind of children’s role model.
Her hands are practically glued in the position of one with a raised middle finger and the other holding a joint, so I don’t think she’d be up in arms over a little blow at a festival if it were true.
But, I believe it is that exact essence of Rihanna I just described that makes her an easy target. Her Instagram name says it all: BadGalRiRi.
When one hears the term “bad b*tch,” which has become increasingly popular in past years, it is hard not to associate it with Rihanna.
She embodies all which is “bad” -- a highly sexual being with ethereal looks, a bank account resembling that of a renowned investor and a rough-around-the-edges mentality that makes her unf*ckwitable (for a lack of better word).
Why wouldn't a girl like that be pulling some Kate Moss sh*t? It is almost no wonder the media would take Coachella as an easy road to snag some suspicious pictures.
However, easy target or not, I do not believe this situation to be either accurate or fair.
This is yet another example, though, of how hurtful drug-related scandals can be, even for the toughest celebs.
In March, of-the-moment model Gigi Hadid was accused of snorting cocaine at a Victoria’s Secret event in Miami.
Hadid was infuriated, and like Rihanna, also took to social media to defend herself. On March 15, 2015 she tweeted:
If u actually watch the video there is nothing on the counter .5 sec's before you see that image... It's not only impossible but insane to me. Besides for doing the supposed in general, I'd be an idiot to do that at a WORK EVENT in front of hundreds of people/press. I'm insulted.
Several individuals that have worked with her had also expressed opinions on the situation, citing Hadid as highly professional and certainly not one to exhibit such behavior.
So what does this say about the media and its invasive tactics? Is it fair to say they take even the most innocent of images and stretch them to the extreme?
I’m going to say yes, but celebrities should probably just roll with the punches, as it comes with the job.