Rihanna Responds to Critic Who Cautioned Her for Saying ‘Spirit Animal’ in a Recent Post
“Y’all are literally bout to witness why this woman right here is my spirit animal! God gifted genius!! love you @parrisgoebel”
Upon seeing the caption, someone took to Rihanna’s comments to challenge her use of the phrase:
“Please stop using “spirit animal” unless you belong to one of the indigenous groups to which this concept belongs.”
Although Rihanna responded even more gracefully to the comment stating: “you’re so right. It won’t happen again,” many fans called the commenter out.
The “Work” singer’s fans wanted to know what was so wrong with Rihanna’s comment. Her fans belived that “a majority of those cultures believe that every person on this planet has a spirit animal.”
Back in 2015, actress Kerry Washington was called out after using the words in a tweet. The “Scandal” star apologized after she got ‘educated’ by fans.
“Queen Rihanna demonstrating how to hold yourself accountable with humility and class. We all hold the potential to get things wrong; we all hold the potential to behave offensively unintentionally. What matters is how you react when someone calls you out on it.”
“EDIT: If your response is "so we can't say spirit animal now." And if you're frustrated that your vocabulary is being reduced by minority groups speaking up for their culture, then that shows how racially/culturally insensitive some colloquial language can be, and also far you may have to go / how oblivious you were and maybe still are to how the language you use may play into narratives of oppression.”