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Rihanna, Liz Jones Clash; Columnist Calls Singer 'Toxic Role Model'

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Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 08:20 AM

By Alexandra Ward


Rihanna responded Tuesday with a rant of her own against Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones, whose article calling the pop star a "toxic role model" ruffled a few feathers earlier this week.

In an article titled "Pop's Poisonous Princess," Jones accuses Rihanna of "glorying in drugs, guns, and sleaze."

"While Rihanna knows when to tone it down in order to pull in advertising deals and keep her record label sweet, the message she's sending to her young fans, through her explicit lyrics, vile dance moves, and pictures on Twitter, is utterly toxic," Jones wrote in the Daily Mail Monday. "I don't care if she has the voice of an angel and is self-made, feisty, and confident. All these qualities pale to nothing when we know she went back to her abusive boyfriend, Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her in 2009; that she promotes drug-taking, drinking, and the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst, disrespect at least."

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The singer responded by posting a lengthy reply on Instagram along with an unflattering picture of Jones.

"My money got a bad habit of pissing people off!!" Rihanna wrote. "If you sincerely wanna [sic] help little girls more than their own parents do, here's a toxic tip: don't be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter! What's all this about hair and nails and costumes and tattoos?? That s— ain't clever!!! That s— ain't journalism! That's a sad sloppy menopausal mess!!!

"Nobody over here acts like they're perfect! I don't pretend that I'm like you, I just live my life!! And I don't know why y'all still act so surprised by any of it!! 'Role Model' is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat! I got my own f—ed up s— to work on, I'll never portray that as perfect, but for right now it's ME!! Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy!"

Jones has not yet responded to the counterattack.

Rihanna is currently in the middle of the European leg of her Diamonds world tour.

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