Too Much? Social Media Reacts To Rihanna Calling Her Son ‘Fine’
On the heels of Rihanna revealing her second pregnancy at the Super Bowl, she also unveiled photos of her son. However, there were some mixed reactions to Rihanna calling her infant son “fine” in an Instagram upload.
Rihanna Praises Her Baby’s Looks On Instagram
On Wednesday, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s sit-down with Vogue went live, and they were accompanied by their little bundle of joy during their cover shoot.
Naturally, Rihanna proceeded to share some uploads from the photoshoot, and she took the chance to give fans an up-close look at her son. One such photo was notably captioned, “My son so fine! idc idc idc!”
Some Give Rihanna’s Statement The Side-Eye As Others Come To Her Defense
As fans raved about the photos, some took issue with RiRi calling her young son “fine,” and they weren’t shy about letting it be known! However, Rihanna was quick to clap back at critics who expressed that she should’ve used another adjective, such as “cute” or “adorable.”
Rihanna claps back at users who tried to shame her for calling her son “fine.” pic.twitter.com/rORe5eBQ71
— Buzzing Pop (@BuzzingPop) February 16, 2023
“Emphasis on the idc” pic.twitter.com/2FMr2PlHFU
— kas. (@resilientkas) February 16, 2023
People also took to Twitter to share their takes, and many just didn’t approve.
not rihanna calling her baby boy fine…
it’s giving weirdo boy mom vibes like you could’ve chosen ANY other word…
— c (@cryspykreme) February 16, 2023
Now Rihanna, why you had to call your son fine. pic.twitter.com/71PJjfFlCq
— Skinny Minnie (@Da_mirror91) February 16, 2023
It was also pointed out this isn’t the first time that the subject has been brought up on social media. Users also accused supporters of being “fake” for switching-up their stance on the matter because it involves Rihanna.
y’all tryna say stop sexualizing it cause it’s Rihanna lmaooo calling a baby fine is weird and if a stranger said that about her kid or a dad calling his daughter fine their ass would be burned at the stake y’all are very odd and wishy washy
— Sydnee (@sdivineee) February 16, 2023
LOL twitter is so fake bc y’all ate that boy mom up that called her son sexy but somehow it’s ok for Rihanna to call her son fine..bye ! https://t.co/O94zHlzCt3
— Mint 💚 (@mint_tibb) February 16, 2023
y’all only defending her cause she’s rihanna… calling your child fine is WEIRD, idc. i’m not saying she gotta be cancelled, but it’s weird and y’all are d!ck eating fr
— kay ☆ (@kayw0rld) February 16, 2023
Idccccc “my son fine” IS WEIRD!!!!!!!!!! And if it’s “okay” because Rihanna said it. You’re a respecter of persons and don’t have sound judgement. https://t.co/0nvlEGa0SO
— Ali•cee•YAH (@leesve_) February 16, 2023
Now just a few months ago we were all dunking on boy moms who call their sons “fine” but now that Rihanna did it… it’s perfectly acceptable? Can we all be serious for once.. pic.twitter.com/NQa7nRdBDn
— blue ivy brother (@Iovedel) February 16, 2023
However, others said that the matter isn’t that serious and accused the upset adults of being the weird ones.
If there’s anyone sexualising that child, it’s the adults who assume that “fine” is simply sexual forgetting that Rihanna is from a former British colony that uses words as intended and not just colloquially. Why would your mind go there with a child?
— Chinwendu• Reading: You Made a Fool of Death … (@MsNwangwa) February 16, 2023
Ya’ll fckin WEIRD bro
1. She’s Caribbean. Some words don’t have the same meaning/use
2. How weird do you have to be to think she’s showing anything other than motherly affection to her child. Disturbing.
3. Just cause y’all was born and raised to be ugly not Rihanna fault https://t.co/dkqNqrNCYD
— ¢нυηяιн (@savedbythebarbz) February 16, 2023
People are writing threads on why Rihanna calling her son fine??? What is ur business pls. pic.twitter.com/IqsEfCSg4h
— Mimi The Music Blogger (@mdaixo) February 16, 2023
It was also pointed out that “fine” can have a different context across cultures.
Rihanna calling her son “fine” is Caribbean culture. Americans… she’s not your mate please remember that. If your mum doesn’t like you just say that but don’t come for her.
— The Year of Me (@iamshakeena) February 16, 2023
RIHANNA IS A WEST 👏🏾 INDIAN 👏🏾MOTHER 👏🏾
Her use of “fine” isn’t the smoking gun you think it is. Not everything is sexualised, my gard.
You lot want to villainise the woman so badly. Touch grass. https://t.co/jkzZNYZ1Hz pic.twitter.com/4fViBlNxpe
— MK (@kalakirwan) February 16, 2023
I’m shocked some Americans are bothered by the use of the word ‘fine’ here. Maybe they’ve forgotten that Rihanna is Bajan. In Afro-Caribbean cultures it’s a term of loving endearment. Nigerians do it too. Not every thing is to be viewed through your lens and that is okay. Rest. https://t.co/8EBFsJWnD4
— Angie Crystal (@angieceelouis) February 16, 2023
If y’all mad at Rihanna for calling her son fine then y’all might at well cancel the whole of West Africa
— 🇧🇷• (@M4IMAA) February 16, 2023
Ultimately, there were plenty of supporters on both sides, though RiRi doesn’t appeared to be too bothered by the situation.
What do you think about people’s responses to Rihanna calling her son “fine”? Additionally, do you think a different adjective like “cute” should have been used, or is it no big deal?