By Erica Abbott
Reports that Rihanna told a group of kids that “if Jesus hasn’t answered your prayers, try Satan” during a street-renaming ceremony in Barbados are false. Rumors that the Grammy Award-winning singer promoted Satanic worship stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news.
According to a Gossip Cop report, the fake claim originated on YourNewsWire, a disreputable/clickbait website known for publishing conspiracy theories and fake news. The article claimed that during Barbados Independence Day, Rihanna told kids, “If Jesus hasn’t answered your prayers, try praying to Satan.” It continued:
Rihanna has been honored by the Barbados government who re-named the street she grew up on as a child after her, and speaking at the official ceremony to unveil the newly-named Rihanna Drive in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday she took the opportunity to hand out advice to young Bajan children.
“I know it isn’t easy being born in Bridgetown, Barbados, it’s a struggle and you have to work twice as hard to achieve anything. You have to hustle. I’m still hustling, but I am living proof that you can do anything,” Rihanna told the children in attendance, before adding, “If you came here for tips I can give y’all the biggest one straight off.”
[…] “Jesus doesn’t care about you. Do you really think He even listening? Hot tip y’all, because you are my people. Be efficient, go to Satan,” Rihanna said, before Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hastily changed the topic, and shocked parents intervened and removed their children.
The article, however, is entirely fabricated. Rihanna never encouraged kids to “go to Satan” and, while she did actually attend a renaming ceremony, the quotes are not real. YourNewsWire contains no disclaimer on their website, however, RationalWiki provides a short description on the site:
YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto (“News. Truth. Unfiltered”).
Last month, the “Love on the Brain” singer attended a ceremony in Barbados, which occurred on the country’s independence day. They honored her by renaming the street she grew up on as a child to Rihanna Drive. On the commemorative plaque, Rihanna said, “Welcome to Rihanna Drive…My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road. I was just a little island girl riding bikes, running around barefoot and flying kites in the cemetery, but I had BIG dreams. Dreams that were born and realized right here. Thank you to my family, my country and the people of Westbury New Road! You will forever be a part of who I am, and for that I am honored to have this place named after me.”
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Here are some examples of people sharing the fake quote on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Rihanna Telling Kids to “Try Praying to Satan”
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