Rihanna has never been afraid to make a statement, and isn’t one to shy away from a fight – even with the President of the United States.
The 29-year-old chart-topper took to Twitter to demand that Donald Trump start to focus his energies on the devastation in Puerto Rico, imploring him to ‘not let his people die like this’ after Hurricane Maria tore through the island that is home to 3.4million Americans, most of whom remain without power or drinking water.
On Thursday morning, the singer shared an image of the New York Daily News’s front page, which called the situation an ‘American Tragedy’, and read ‘No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying… Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!’
Calling him out: Rihanna, 29, tweeted at President Donald Trump on Thursday asking him to help Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a week ago
Helping Americans: The singer also tagged Trump on videos describing the dire situation on the island, where millions of American citizens still have no electricity or drinking water
Under fire: President Trump received criticism for speaking up more about his fight with athletes and the NFL over standing for the National Anthem than the struggling island
‘I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don’t let your people die like this,’ she wrote alongside the image on Twitter.
Rihanna has been speaking out about Puerto Rico all week- on Tuesday she tagged the President in two videos that described the dire situation on the island, where most residents are still recuperating from the massive Hurricane that hit over a week ago.
The Barbados native also praised the five former living US Presidents on Thursday for expanding their hurricane relief effort to include Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
‘Round of APPLAUSE to these gentlemen for taking control of this devastating situation!!! #CaribbeanGirl #OneLove,’ she wrote on Twitter.
And maybe President Trump listened to Rihanna- shortly after she sent out the tweet the White House waved the Jones Act, allowing shipping regulations to be loosened so Puerto Rico could receive aid more easily.
Her fans loved it: ‘All I know is trump better not even THINK about fixing them crusty ass orange fingers to tweet any slick s*** of Rihanna,’ someone wrote of the singer’s post to Trump
The Barbados native also praised the five former living US Presidents on Thursday for expanding their hurricane relief effort to include Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
The aftermath: Puerto Rico was left devastated by Hurricane Maria and millions of American citizens remain without power or drinking water
President Trump received criticism for speaking up more about his fight with athletes and the NFL over standing for the National Anthem than the struggling island, and his Administration had been accused of treating Puerto Rico differently than Florida and Texas because they hadn’t yet waved the Act for the island like they did for the two states when they faced Hurricane Irma and Harvey.
Fans of Rihanna praised her for calling out Trump online, and made fun of the exchange between the superstar and the politician.
‘All I know is trump better not even THINK about fixing them crusty ass orange fingers to tweet any slick s*** of Rihanna,’a Twitter user wrote.
Another added: ‘If Donald Trump responds to Rihanna in any type of negative way, I genuinely think it will be the beginning of the American Revolution.’
Still, many Trump fans were upset by her Tweet, with some even calling for a boycott of the singer.
Not everyone got it: While Rihanna’s fans loved her tweet to Trump, many of the President’s supporters took offense to it and even called for a boycott of the singer
Shade: This week, the singer also branded a rival beauty brand as ‘ashy’ in a comment under a post that many believed was aimed at her Fenty Beauty line
‘Boycott Rihanna for Fake News re Trump & Puerto Rico ! RT @rihanna #BoycottRihanna @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #MAGA #PuertoRico #HurricaneMaria,’ read one Tweet.
But Trump wasn’t the only one called out by Rihanna online this week: The singer also branded a rival beauty brand as ‘ashy’ in a comment under a post that many believed was aimed at her Fenty Beauty line.
Fenty Beauty has been lauded in the industry for including 40 shades of foundation for all different skin tones, but on Wednesday Make Up For Ever posted a photo showing their own variation.
The caption alongside the photo appeared to be what set the 29-year-old singer off read: ’40 shades is nothing new to us. Since 2015, the #ultraHDfoundation released 40 shades for everyone’s unique skin tone understanding the difference between red and yellow undertones.’