Rihanna was officially crowned The New Princess Diana by none other than the Holy Priestess of Provocative Press herself, Camille Paglia. And just about everyone – including Rihanna herself – is left wondering “What the freakin’ what now?”
In this week’s The Sunday Times, Paglia goes on and on for 2,000 words about the similarities between both Rihanna’s and the late Princess of Wales’ manipulation of the paparazzi and images of themselves to control their stories, and how ”Diana and Rihanna began as sensitive, wounded, but appealingly bubbly and good-natured provincial girls who slowly discovered their own photogenic virtuosity and began to conceptualize themselves as living sculpture for the lens…” and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. WHUT?
Honestly, this is just plain ridiculous. Isn’t there a new version of Hollywood Squares were Camille Paglia and Rex Reed could takes turns trading jocular barbs with Roseanne Barr and maybe Mel Gibson? George Takei could moderate and shoot pseudo-celebrity contestants with whoopie pie guns. Someone would make millions.
But okay — let’s play along, suspend our disbelief, and notate a few more “startling similarities”: Rihanna is Princess Diana, Chris Brown is Prince Charles, and social media is the new self-inflicted paparazzi! And away we go!
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In conclusion, what we have here is two young women who are/were worldwide celebrities. They both came from broken homes. They were both involved in a relationship gone sour.
That’s where the similarities end. Full stop.
Besides, comparisons are odious. As is Camille Paglia, at times. Come to think of it, you could say she’s the new Rex Reed.
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