- BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Four days in Atlanta Read More
- CDB water loan for B’dos Read More
- Wiser Atletico ready to lift Champions League trophy Read More
- Pinelands and Cavs advance Read More
- EDITORIAL: Queen’s Park facelift a timely effort Read More
- WHAT MATTERS MOST: No solutions without analysis Read More
- Faiths meet At The Cross Read More
The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at what’s trending today in Barbados. Readers today are talking about Minister Louis Farrakhan who sought to clarify his comments about Barbadian superstar Rihanna. He insisted that his reference to the singer’s Grammy Awards performance as “filthy” was not meant as a personal attack but to encourage her to think about the greatness of her appeal. Our online readers were quick to weigh in on this story. Robin Love: OMG I can't believe they would question Farrakhan about this topic. Farrakhan has taken on major subjects and even bigger celebrities in the 'system'... with grace! He sees and speaks on what the brainwashed can't see and won't see - and the fact that Bim could have been offended enough to carry on this topic is more scary then Farrakhan’s comment to begin with... Karin Browne: Has Farrakhan sunk so low that his topics are pop-singers now ? Carl Harper: Mr. Farrakhan, I don't think you said anything about Rihanna that many Bajans either have not mentioned aloud or thought. You should note that while Bajans may look upon Rihanna with disdain, many engage in activities not befitting of our so-called Christian society. Truth be told, we tend to be smug with ourselves and hypocritical in nature, but for anyone to point that out, can bring harsh criticism. Kimberley Harding: It's called 'easing yuh foot out yuh mouth'. I bet Farrakhan never expected to be here in Barbados and have to defend his words on Rihanna, that is why when you have to be critical of someone else you should always be mindful of how you do it. Thora Jones: Rihanna says far worse things on her Twitter page every day than what Louis Farrakkhan said about her performance. She always refers to Black people using the “N” word and to women using the “C”, “H”, and “B” words on her Twitter page. Her new album is called "Unapologetic." If she is not apologizing to others why should people apologize to her? Since Barbados' reputation is on the line because the government has made the insane decision to use Rihanna as the “Face of Barbados” in an upcoming ad campaign, I wish the journalist(s) who questioned Louis Farrakhan about his comment about Rihanna would question her about her promotion of vulgarity, marijuana and alcohol use, and her abusive boyfriend on her Twitter page. The latest news today in the U.S. is that Rihanna tweeted a photo of a shirtless Chris Brown lying in bed on her Twitter page. Why aren't Bajan journalists questioning the terrible message that is being sent to Bajan youth by the Bajan governments' blind support for that clearly troubled woman?