Rihanna BLASTS Snapchat for ad asking users to slap her or ‘punch Chris Brown’
What in the Sam Hell were they thinking? In a post on Instagram the 30-year-old singer slammed Snapchat for an ad that “would intentionally bring shame” to domestic violence victims
Here’s the ad from Snapchat:
Is it just me, or is this ad that popped up on my Snapchat extremely tone deaf? Like what were they thinking with this? pic.twitter.com/7kP9RHcgNG
— Royce Mann (@TheRoyceMann) March 12, 2018
Rihanna was a victim of domestic violence when Brown, who was her boyfriend at the time, assaulted her the night before the 2009 Grammys. The Barbadian singer was left with visible contusions and bruises on her face. Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault and making criminal threats.
Rihanna said her rant on Thursday isn’t about her “personal feelings,” but about all “women, children and men that have been victims” of domestic violence.
You let us down! Shame on you,” she wrote.
She concluded her statement by saying, “throw the whole app-ology away” — appearing to tell her followers to delete the app and slamming Snapchat’s apology it made earlier in the week.
In a statement to BBC’s Newsbeat, Snapchat apologized for the ad, adding that it was published “in error” and has been removed.
“The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware,” Snapchat’s statement said.
“We are sorry that this happened.”