Rihanna Sparks Debate Online After Calling Her Baby Boy ‘Fine’ – Was She Right or Wrong?

Rihanna is used to facing backlash on social media and is no stranger to hitting back with some comments of her own. Known for her fair share of comebacks through the years, she felt it necessary to continue that trend on Wednesday after sharing a photo of her and her soon-to-be one-year-old son. 

The photos – which received more than 10.7 million likes in a single day – were from a recent photo shoot for the March 2023 cover of British Vogue. In the caption, she wrote, “my son so fine! Idc idc idc!” – adding how crazy it was that ‘both of my babies were in these photos, and mommy had no clue.’ 

As you can expect from social media, users immediately took to the comments section to either bash or defend Rihanna for her choice of words. Apparently, some users took exception to her calling her son ‘fine,’ saying they’d rather her call him ‘cute,’ ‘adorable,’ or anything but ‘fine.’ So she decided to respond.

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“You just keep your lil cougar paws away from him, and we good!” the 34-year-old singer replied to a comment that read, “Fine!? More like cute, adorable.. he’s not a grown man. Lol.” The comeback from the singer had the right amount of humor, mockery, sass, and attitude – things we’ve grown accustomed to with Rihanna. 

“His mother!” she replied to another comment that read, “who calls a baby fine?” Other commenters tried to play the ‘reverse-the-gender’ game, asking how weird it would be if a father called his toddler daughter ‘fine.’ In fact, one commenter called Rihanna ‘problematic’ and even wished she ‘was better’ than that.

Of course, it wasn’t all negativity in the comments section – after all, there were thousands of comments. Many decided to defend RiRi and doubled down on her choice of words, knowing that she was just calling her baby boy handsome. Some said it’s a word their family uses, adding it might be a Caribbean thing.

“The women in my family talk like that about babies as well. I think it’s a Caribbean thing to say that. It’s the same thing as saying handsome,” said one commenter. “If you think she means this in any other way than innocent, then that sounds like a you problem, tbh,” another user commented. The debate continues!

Rihanna Opens Up About Transition Into Motherhood

Rihanna has a lot on her plate right now. Not only did she just perform at the Super Bowl a few days ago, but her son is about to turn 1 year old, she recently announced she’s pregnant with her second child, and she has an album on the way sometime in 2023 – in addition to her beauty line that she started in 2017.

In an interview with Vogue ahead of her March 2023 cover, which debuts on February 21st, Rihanna talked about her transition into motherhood and how difficult it has been – not just for her, but for her baby daddy, A$AP Rocky. She expressed how exhausting those first few days out of the hospital can be. 

She also expressed how concerned and fearful she is to raise her child in a society that so clearly doesn’t favor people of color. “Raising a young Black man is one of the scariest responsibilities in life… You’re like, ‘What am I leaving my kids to? This is the planet they’re gonna be living on?’” Rihanna admitted. 

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Nonetheless, she’s excited and proud to be a mother and can’t wait to welcome her second child into this world. With so much to look forward to this year – both personally and professionally – fans can’t wait to learn more and will always stand by her side when criticism ensues. Just please tell us the baby’s name already!

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