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Rihanna slams reporter who calls her a 'toxic role model'

Responds and calls the Daily Mail's Liz Jones a "sad sloppy menopausal mess."

Rihanna slams reporter who calls her a 'toxic role model'

Rihanna performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Rihanna performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) John Shearer/Invision/AP

A fuming Rihanna took to her Instagram Tuesday morning to blast Daily Mail reporter Elizabeth Jones in response to an article published Monday titled, "Pop's Poisonous Princess: Glorifying in Drugs, Guns and Sleaze, Rihanna's Toxic Role Model for Her Army of Young Fans."

The piece, which chronicles Jones' two personal encounters with Rihanna, pointedly criticizes the pop star's life choices, including her controversial decision to return to Chris Brown. "All these qualities pale to nothing when we know she went back to her abusive boyfriend, Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her in 2009," writes Jones. "That she promotes drug-taking, drinking and the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst, disrespect at least."

A rather unflattering photo of the reporter with an accompanying paragraph directed at Jones was uploaded to badgalriri's Instagram Tuesday morning. Read as follows:

"LOL!!!! My money got a bad habit of pissing people off!! If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here's a toxic tip: don't be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter! What's all this about hair and nails and costumes and tattoos?? ....That s--- ain't clever!!! That s--- ain't journalism! That's a sad sloppy menopausal mess!!! Nobody over here acts like they're perfect! I don't pretend that I'm like you, i just live... My life!! And I don't know why y'all still act so surprised by any of it!! "Role Model" is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat! I got my own f---ed up s--- to work on, I'll never portray that as perfect, but for right now it's ME!! Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy! And P.S. my first American Vogue cover was in 2011...APRIL!!! #ElizabethAnnJones"

We think RiRi, who has close to 7.8 million followers on Instagram, was looking to spur a global trend with the latter hashtag. The post has already received over 160,000 "likes." No word yet from the Daily Mail or Liz Jones with their thoughts on the pop singer's rant. More to come.

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