Rihanna — who isn't known for being overly considerate of others (including her own fans) — pushed the boundaries again. This time, however, authorities pushed back.
The pop princess was asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque complex on Friday when she attempted to pose for an unauthorized photo shoot at the place of worship.
Posing in a black jumpsuit with a wrap that covered her head, the star still managed to look rather sultry as she stared into the camera, caressed her hips, and even rolled around on the floor a little. She completed her look with a giant gold necklace and bright red lips that were positioned in a bedroom pout.
Staff reportedly spotted her and requested that she leave the compound because her actions were considered to not be in line with the "sanctity" of the site. And while RiRi wasted no time tossing up the pics on Instagram, the mosque publicly addressed the situation as well, releasing a statement to explain its position — not that it needed much explanation.
"In the event of behavior that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations — such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating — the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilizational and tolerant attributes of Islam."
According to the authorities, Rihanna showed up "for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre’s management and without identifying herself." It does concede, however, that the 25-year-old star did leave "without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so." So … that's good at least.
Still, the tide may be turning against the self-described bad girl, as even fans seem to be getting fed up with her diva behavior. Just two days after the mosque incident, Rihanna's performance in Johannesburg, South Africa, proved to be pretty disastrous.
The city's biggest newspaper, The Star, ran an article on its front page called Ri-Ri Rip-Off slamming the singer for her "obvious" lip-synching and calling the show "below par."
One fan explained, "I think she was actually lip-synching because, at some points, the words of the song were happening but she wasn’t singing along. I don’t know if she was doing it for the whole show." According to another, she wasn't. "You knew she was singing because she wasn’t always on key," Nicole Contini quipped.
And this is hardly the first time the singer has taken heat for a lackluster show. For the last year, she has been nearly chronically late to her own concerts and has yet to apologize once.
Which makes it pretty much par for the course that she has yet to respond to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's statement or even take the photos down. Back in July, we asked when fans would say enough is enough. Soon, we may get our answer.
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