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Reported by Krystle Crossman
Alexis Carter had an idea for a Hollywood-themed prom that she would be attending at her high school. She found an outfit that depicted her love for her idol Rihanna and knew it would turn some heads at the dance. What she didn’t foresee is the bullying she’d face for her outfit. What is even worse, she didn’t think that she would be mocked by the person that she looked to for the inspiration of the outfit — Rihanna.
Carter saw a photo of Rihanna in an outfit that was a body suit with a plunging neckline that went below the belly button and had “wings” that were attached to the sleeves and the legs. She knew that was what she wanted to wear. Her mother and friends helped her to make the outfit in a sleek black color, making it slightly different from Rihanna’s emerald green one. She had a fantastic time at the prom and her friends loved the outfit, which complimented her body shape. Then the bullying started.
Tweets were sent with images of 16-year-old Carter in the outfit in various poses at the dance. They weren’t from people fawning over the creativity of the outfit but rather tearing her down for it. The hashtag #PromBat began to trend. Rihanna decided that mocking her fan was something that she wanted to do, so she sent out a tweet with the photo of her wearing the green outfit side by side with the photo of Carter in her outfit, and then added a sad face with her tweet. After doing that, she tweeted a photo of Carter next to the Wu Tang Clan symbol. Carter said that she was extremely offended that the singer would make fun of her for wearing the same outfit that she herself once wore.
The cyberbullying is still continuing, but Carter says that even though she feels like she can’t show her face anywhere, she is not afraid to tell people how she feels about the singer. She states that Rihanna does not love her fans as much as she claims to which is apparent because the singer is engaging in bullying someone that looked up to her.