TLC is from a time when artists hashed out their beefs on vinyl or maybe in face-to-face, and the “Waterfalls” singers would rather Rihanna not vent her frustrations with them via social media.
The tension between the artists began last week after Rihanna showed up to an event in a sheer gown that did little to cover her lady parts. An Australian outlet quoted T-Boz and Chilli criticizing the “Diamonds” artist about always being naked.
However, T-Boz later clarified that their quotes were taken out of context and manipulated. That may have come too late, though, as Rihanna and her fans responded to T-Boz and Chilli by suggesting the ladies are hypocrites who also flashed skin to sell records. Apparently, threats were made, too.
“When you think you’re riding for an artist, riding means on their side and you start threatening lives and threatening our kids…Come on, man. Y’all are taking it too far,” said T-Boz who reiterated to Yahoo Down Under that she and Chilli weren’t directly responding to a question about Rihanna whose gown they hadn’t even seen at the time.
“The whole conversation had nothing to do with her anyway and it was never about her at all…We were giving a positive message to little girls. We were saying, ‘It’s cool if you don’t wear clothes; you can do what you want to do. We don’t care.’ We were talking to the little girls who want to be on television and be singers, even reality shows,” T-Boz said.
Chilli and T-Boz have been in the business for more than two decades and T-Boz is known for speaking her mind, which leads many to believe she’s telling the truth about the manipulative editing and not backpedaling.
“Check my record,” T-Boz said about always keeping it real.
T-Boz addressed the questionable quotes via social media, but Chilli said she prefers artists not air their dirty laundry on Twitter or Instagram.
“If we have a problem with an artist or an artist has a problem with us, come to us directly. Talk to us,” Chilli said. “Don’t start a Twitter war and all this kind of stuff. That’s silly.”
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