Rihanna To Honor Shaun King At Diamond Ball, But Fans Are Livid
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley will also be recognized. DJ Khaled and Pharrell are also slated to perform.
The singer said in a statement,
“I can’t imagine a better night than this year’s Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled. I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year’s Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work. We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever.”
King will now be in the ranks of Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar who have previously received the award. He expressed his appreciation on social media.
While he’s honored, some fans said Rihanna missed the mark with this one. In this past, King has been accused of being a scammer for being connected to fundraisers where the supposed recipients never received the money.
So I’m struggling to believe nobody at all, like nobody that works for her told Rihanna why “honoring” Shaun King might be a HORRIBLE idea. Like nobody did a quick Twitter/Google search to help my sis out ? NOBODY ?! pic.twitter.com/rhfmdmudgc
— Ginger $pice ? (@EleniBrandis) August 21, 2019
Rihanna is honoring shaun king at her diamond ball. pic.twitter.com/0mdHQwks8w
— Bejá (@belledae) August 21, 2019
#ShaunKing is one of the biggest USERS of the black community of ALL time. OH AND HE’S A WHITE MAN PRETENDING TO BE BLACK TO SCAM $$$ and FAME OFF POC. Will anyone say it? I will! He’s a RACIST.
Oh and PS: This will be Rihanna when the clock strikes midnight at the ball pic.twitter.com/2Z0MLbk8F3
— Alex Clark ???? (@yoalexrapz) August 22, 2019
Shaun king showing up to Rihanna's diamond ball pic.twitter.com/SS0hsY0PET
— Gracie? (@GracieeLo) August 22, 2019
Shame on you Rihanna! Shame on you for supporting racist Shaun King! pic.twitter.com/1hiOrtMGgn
— Amber ???? (@amber_harris16) August 22, 2019
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