Rihanna has taken a not-so-subtle swipe at the sports blogger who got suspended from his job last week after he mocked her weight.
Chris “Spags” Spagnuolo wrote 300-some words for Barstool Sports about “Umbrella” singer and Cleveland Cavaliers fan Rihanna, who distracted players and sportscasters as she sat courtside at Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy was nearly breathless when she walked in front of him.
“I don’t know about this, but Rihanna just walked in front of me. Are you kidding me?!” he exclaimed on air.
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Turns out Spagnuolo is not as impressed with RiRi.
On May 30 he posted a column along with with paparazzi photos of Rihanna out and about in New York. The headline read: “Is Rihanna Going To Make Being Fat The Hot New Trend?”
“So is it possible these photos of Rihanna from this weekend in NYC are a classic ‘bad visual’ situation where she’s the same as she’s always looked but happens to appear like she’s going for Ashley Graham’s spot on the plus-sized hierarchy? Absolutely,” Spagnuolo wrote.
“Or maybe she’s been on the road, enjoying that good room service a bit too long. We all know that feeling after indulging a little too much for vacation ...
“A world of ladies shaped like the Hindenburg loaded into one-piece bathing suits may be on the horizon now that Rihanna is traipsing around out there looking like she’s in a sumo suit.”
The heat that blew Spagnuolo’s way came from many corners – women’s magazines, Rihanna fans, even employees at Barstool Sports, one of whom tweeted, “When the squad finally gets the brand to not be synonymous with sexism and then someone writes this for attention.”
The post has since been deleted but lives on in a cached version.
On Monday, Rihanna responded to all the discussion about her weight by posting a meme about rapper Gucci Mane with two photos – one of him at his current weight and one of him with a fuller body.
The caption, highlighted with a tear emoji, read: “If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.”
That came just days after Barstool Sports suspended Spagnuolo indefinitely on Thursday.
Site founder Dave Portnoy issued a sorry/not sorry apology for the “extremely minor controversy going on with this fat shaming blog that Spags wrote.”
Spagnuolo’s crime, Portnoy suggested, was that he wasn’t funny enough.
“Lots of feminists not happy about it. To be honest I don’t think the blog was as bad as many are making it out to be, but I’ll tell you this. It wasn’t that funny either and I could have told you with absolute certainty that feminists would hate it and use it as an example of ‘there goes Barstool being Barstool again,’” Portnoy wrote.
“There are just certain topics that you better nail if you’re gonna write about them because you know they are hot button issues for us. So if you’re gonna blog about Rihanna gaining weight you better be funny as f*** and you better make it bullet proof.”
Spagnuolo, meanwhile, is laughing it all off on Twitter, where he’s making good use of the #FreeSpags hashtag.