It may seem hard to believe for those not in the thrall of their devices, but in today’s social media–obsessed times, the simple act of liking a photo on Instagram can land you in hot water. Just ask Rihanna, who double tapped a fan’s photo and landed straight into a controversy.
It all started on Tuesday afternoon, when a member of RiRi’s Navy posted a congratulatory message on Instagram celebrating the singer’s eight Grammy nominations. The user, @rihannagang_, also used the occasion to throw a bit of shade Beyoncé’s way. (The latter led the 2017 nominations with nine nods.) “I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* [lemon emoji.]” went the caption. Not exactly subtle.
The Art of Shade, the ultimate source for celebrity pettiness, later noticed Bad Gal RiRi herself had liked the post, perhaps indicating that she agreed with the idea that she had been snubbed for “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year.”
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) December 7, 2016
The BeyHive and Navy Internet contingents reposted and reacted, and quickly added fuel to the long-rumored feud between the two music stars. It wasn’t until late last night that Rihanna again took to Instagram to set the record straight. “I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along!” she wrote on the same post. “I’m petty af, yes. But this is just unnecessary! I wish y’all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture! We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!” From feud to fizzled in less than 24 hours: Case closed, everyone.