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    Posted on Sep 19, 2015

    Rihanna Gave The Right Amount Of Shade When Asked About Taylor Swift's "Squad"

    "Er, I doubt it."

    In a new (and spectacular, I might add) interview with NME, Rihanna was asked the riddle that the Great Sphinx has asked travelers since 2500 B.C.: Would she ever join Taylor Swift's "squad"?

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    You know, the group of celebs Taylor Swift brings out on stage at her concerts.

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    This group is larger than the current GOP candidate pool, for comparison.

    Before she responded, I'm sure Rihanna dug deep into her heart and remembered that while Beyoncé might have attended Taylor's birthday party, she did not join her squad...

    I'm sure she also remembered that Nicki Minaj turned the tables and invited Taylor to her VMA stage...

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    Then Rihanna delivered what might be one of the shadiest quotes in pop history:

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    "Er, I doubt it," is Rihanna's response when asked if she'd accept an invitation to become the latest in a long succession of artists to join Swift on stage. "I don't think I would. I just don't think it makes sense. I don't think our brands are the same: I don't think they match, I don't think our audiences are the same. In my mind she's a role model, I'm not." She adds, with a smile.

    Ma.

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    Not only the response of "Er, I doubt it," but going on to say "she's a role model, I'm not" suggests that Taylor tries hard to get people to like her, whereas Rihanna doesn't give a fuck. Because Rihanna knows that people are inspired by her — she sees those people on social media every day. And if you have any doubt that it was shade, the smile at the end says it ALL.

    RIP

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