London Heckler Throws Bottle At Rihanna; Singer Compared To Princess Diana In Local Paper
February 18th, 2013 6:01pm EST
Rihanna spent her Saturday night partying in London with model pals Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn at The Box nightclub; narrowly avoiding a crisis after an angry heckler threw a bottle at her while they were leaving.
The singer avoided a direct hit from the bottle, but she suffered a cut to her knee from a metal grate during all the the excitement. The assailant also yelled at her about on-again/off-again boyfriend Chris Brown, according to TMZ.com.
The singer, in town to launch her new clothing collection during Fashion Week, was also the focus of an article by feminist writer Camille Paglia in British newspaper The Sunday Times. The publication's weekly magazine feature a comparison of Rihanna to the late Princess Diana.
Rihanna was thrilled to see her face on the cover of the paper, but apparently she didn't read the accompanying article.
"Just so happens I came home drunk to this in a pile of papers outside my hotel room!" she captioned a photo she shared on Instagram. "My lil Bajan behind, never thought these many people would even know my name, now it's next to Princess Diana's on the front of a newspaper! Life can be such a beautiful thing when you let it be."
But the article focuses on the negative.
"Like Diana, Rihanna has worryingly drifted into using photo ops to send messages of allure, defiance, or revenge in a turbulent relationship with an errant partner," Paglia writes. "Rihanna, another victim of a festering romantic triangle, has bounced dizzyingly back and forth in her checkered affair with rapper Chris Brown, who was convicted of a felony in 2009 for abusing her."
The two women are compared from their childhood through their adult lives in the op-ed, and how their need for publicity is their driving force.
"Diana and Rihanna began as sensitive, wounded, but appealingly bubbly and good-natured provincial girls who slowly discovered their own photogenic virtuosity and began to conceptualize themselves as living sculpture for the lens," the author writes. "Both developed a false intimacy with photographers and the public and began to cannibalize themselves in their futile search for security in love.
"Diana, rebuffed, eventually accepted her exile. But Rihanna, in the classic syndrome of the battered woman, still pities and hopes to change and save her abuser..."
"When your face is pic-stitched to Princess Diana's on the cover of The Sunday Times.... I mean... #extraordinaRIHbehavior"
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