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Rihanna Angers Catholic Fans By Wearing Pope Outfit To Met Ball

Rihanna Angers Catholic Fans By Wearing Pope Outfit To Met Ball

Rihanna is a fashion icon and one of the most famous people in the world, but even she may have limitations.

There are a select few who can claim more followers than Ri-Ri: Donald Trump might have more - in Twitter terms at least - or Justin Bieber, if by followers you mean screaming teenage girls.

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One man who definitely, definitely has more followers than her is Pope Francis and, as such, it probably wasn't a great idea to pick a fight with him, or more specifically, his followers.

The Pope's followers have an almost religious devotion to their celebrity of choice (funny, that) and don't take kindly to people knocking off his steeze. Thus, when Rihanna turned up to last night's prestigious Met Ball wearing a mitre hat, the internet was full of those with their hackles up about her choice of attire.

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Credit: PA

"It feels expensive! It would be a sin not to wear it," said Rihanna to Vogue, in what is either one of the weakest puns of all time or a startling lack of self-awareness.

I'll give Rihanna the benefit of the doubt and say that she's probably trying to crack a joke - though naturally, it didn't go down too well with the Catholic Church.

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One person tweeted: "@rihanna I love you but showing up with a pope head piece is so offensive to me. As someone raised in a catholic household I think the #MetGala2018 is a mockery of Christian religion and highly disrespectful on so many levels."

Another added: "So you can't wear an Native American outfit for Halloween because it's offensive, but Rihanna can dress like the Pope and she gets praised (???). Not only is she dressed as the Pope, her outfit sexualises it. Ok.

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Credit: PA

"So I guess it's ok to use Catholicism as a costume for Rihanna? This is beyond offensive!!!!" wrote a third, while a fourth tweeted: "Wow @rihanna is serving appropriated looks hunney! The insensitivity tho.... Like so many other looks meet the theme without being offensive, but by wearing the Papal Mitre? Really?"

Unsurprisingly, the official office of the Pontiff has not been quick to comment on Rihanna's dress. Or maybe they tweeted about it, but in Latin so that nobody could understand it because only posh people have spoken Latin for a millennium.

Or, given the ludicrousness of the ceilings, perhaps they had Italy's finest artists to create a solid gold fresco of a statement and plan to release it to public viewing in 300 years.

Whatever they did, it'd still be better than 'Love The Way You Lie'.

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Topics: Pope, Entertainment, Celebrity, Music, Rihanna

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

 

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