Ms. Magazine Criticized For Rihanna Birthday Tweet

Twitter users said telling the star to “stay safe from violence” was victim-blaming. posted on

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The above is a tweet Ms.’s official Twitter account sent today in honor of Rihanna’s birthday. It was not well-received.

What the fuck is wrong with y'all? RT @msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine happy 25th birthday, Rihanna. Please use your power for good. And stay safe from violence.

Let's be clear hat tweet shows @msmagazine's" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine's fundamental lack of respect for Rihanna's humanity. Who brings up DV history in bday wishes?

One wonders if anyone @msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine bothered to consider the possibility that tweet would be triggering for Rihanna or other readers?

WTF, http://twitter.com/msmagazine"> href="@msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine ? Awful, awful! RT http://twitter.com/msmagazine"> href="@msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine happy 25th birthday, Rihanna. Please use your power for good. And stay safe from violence.

. @msmagazine:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine: "happy birthday, get it girl, we're rooting for you!" could have worked. more birthday, less blaming. cc @Karnythia" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Karnythia">@Karnythia

[TW] If you wouldn't say "Stay safe from rape," don't say "Stay safe from violence." @msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine

Ms. eventually deleted the tweet, but when criticized for that, they got defensive:

.@msmagazine" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/msmagazine">@msmagazine a deletion but no apology? once again, keep it classy.

@so_treu" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/so_treu">@so_treu Didn't think we were victim blaming, but concerned for woman who was abused, spoke out against abuse, then returned to abuser

@so_treu" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/so_treu">@so_treu would appreciate being advised on how we missed on this instead of just being hated on. truly. apologies for any missteps made

Ultimately, though, they did issue an apology:

Apologies for not showing a deeper understanding of the reality of DV survivors' lives.

Ms. has not yet responded to our request for further comment on the issue.

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