Pop star Rihanna just proved what reggae artists like Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel has said in the past, that reggae artists that sung anti-homosexual songs did not do so because of some deep seated hatred for the gay community but rather they did it for fan applause.
For a few years now Rihanna has promised that she will be releasing a Reggae album and reggae artists have been clamoring to be featured on the album. To some reggae artists, being featured on Rihanna’s album is bigger than winning the Reggae Grammy Award.
For Pride Month, Rihanna not only came out and show her support, love and appreciation for the gay community but her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand launched its first-ever Pride collection.
“Pride is all about appreciating your authentic self,” Rihanna, 33, said in a statement.
“I am very excited about this collection and showing love and support to the LGBTQIA+ community, which includes so many of our customers, team members and fans.”
Not a single reggae artist has come out against Rihanna’s big move, in fact some have privately applauded the Bajan beauty.
“I will not call any names but quite a few reggae artists have sent me DMs congratulating me on our Pride collection,” Rihanna told 18 Karat Reggae.
All this work on her Fenty line has continually pushed back the release of R9, the title of Rihanna’s next album. Despite her recent support for the homosexual community, reggae artists are still clamoring to be featured on the album.
This proves that it was money and not conviction, religious or otherwise, why these reggae artists sung anti-gay songs in the past.