The Grammy-winning artist addressed the difficulty throughout a current episode of Tai Savetsila’s All Tai’d Up podcast, pointing to the backlash she obtained over years-old feedback that have been framed as criticism of Rihanna.
“I bear in mind someone informed my daughter to shoot herself within the head,” she stated (21:06). “This was over one thing—folks had thought I stated one thing about Rihanna, and I did not … Some child requested a query and I answered it.
She stated the query was about artists who really feel pressured to sexualize themselves as a result of they consider it’s needed to realize success. T-Boz stated she needed aspiring entertainers to know that they did not should “take off their garments” to make it within the trade. She additionally emphasised that she has no challenge with anybody who chooses to embrace and have a good time their sexuality.
“We’re residing proof. I haven’t got something in opposition to anyone who reveals off their our bodies or no matter. Our bodies are lovely … you probably have it, present it. That is your factor,” she stated.
The controversy stemmed from T-Boz’s 2014 look on Dawn Australia with fellow TLC member Chilli. Through the phase, a narrator stated T-Boz and Chilli “slammed” up-and-coming artists “who use intercourse to promote music,” and claimed they particularly singled-out Rihanna; Nevertheless, neither of them ever talked about Rihanna’s identify.
Through the Tai’d Up interview, T-Boz insisted her feedback have been common and never directed at Rihanna.
“… I stated, ‘The extra you present your physique.’ And after I did ‘you,’ they put Rihanna’s image up. So it was the press being messy,” she stated. “… Her Navy went loopy.”
T-Boz went on to say she obtained hateful messages from Rihanna followers, a few of whom referenced her struggles with sickle cell illness and others who made gentle of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ dying, the beloved late TLC member who died in a 2002 automotive crash.
“[Rihanna fans] have been like, ‘As a substitute of telling Rihanna what to do, it is best to’ve informed Left Eye to put on her seatbelt,'” T-Boz recalled. “… They have been going there. Oh, ‘I hope you die from sickle cell.’ … I do not enable my followers to try this on my behalf, and in the event that they do, I say one thing …”
You’ll be able to watch T-Boz’s full interview above.