Rihanna did not tell Americans to “turn in their firearms.” Gossip Cop can debunk this untrue claim. It appears in a shameful fake news story that was designed to exploit the death of the singer’s cousin.
Rihanna’s cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was killed in Barbados on Tuesday, one day after they spent Christmas together. The star posted a tribute to her slain relative on Instagram, writing, “RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence.” In a second Instagram post, she said, “‘It’s nice to wake up’ Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95.”
Beyond those two social media comments, Rihanna has not publicly discussed the tragedy. But Neon Nettle is falsely announcing in a headline, “Rihanna Tells Americans To ‘Turn In Their Firearms’ In #EndGunViolence Campaign.” The sub-title further asserts, “Hip Hop singer urges people to turn in guns following death of cousin.” The accompanying story begins, “Pope singer [sic] Rihanna has called for ‘all Americans to turn in their guns’ as she pushes for an end to gun violence following her cousin’s death from a fatal shooting in Barbados on Tuesday.”
“The hip hop singer as joined [sic] the US government’s campaign to disarm the American people as the elites scramble to implement the last stages of the new world order for 2018,” claims the site. The outlet then quotes from Rihanna’s Instagram tribute, and rattles off purported statistics about guns and shootings. But where is the evidence that Rihanna has demanded “all Americans to turn in their guns”? Where is the proof that Rihanna, who has a gun tattoo, “joined the US government’s campaign to disarm the American people”?
The online publication has none. As noted above, Rihanna did include the hashtag “#EndGunViolence” in one of her posts. But that is not equivalent to asking people to “turn in their firearms” or joining a government mission to “disarm” people. The website is conflating gun safety and gun control with a call to ban guns outright. But organizations like Everytown For Gun Safety, which is supported by a number of celebrities, are trying to “end gun violence and build safer communities” through common-sense reform of current laws. They’re not trying to take guns away from every American.
It is flat-out wrong to claim that Rihanna urging an end to gun violence is the same is the same as telling Americans to give up their guns. It is a lie to attribute to the performer quotes that she never actually said. A quick search online will show those weren’t her words. And it is beyond egregious to twist the death of her cousin in this way. Gossip Cop would suggest Rihanna is owed an apology for this fabrication, but we have little hope that Neon Nettle, a website known for concocting fake news, will own up to its error in judgment.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.