Stoute let down by Rihanna dress

He is one of Rihanna’s staunchest supporters.

But today veteran entertainer Richard Stoute said he felt let down by the entertainer’s appearance at the recent Council Of Fashion Designers Of America Awards.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Stoute who had previously called for the Barbadian pop diva to be accorded one of the country’s highest National Honours, that of a Dame, said that he was displeased with the sheer fishnet gown which she wore to the awards show.

The sparking gown, embedded with crystals, left little underneath to the imagination and Stoute could not hide his disappointment, saying: “I think that it sends a very bad message to some young people who think that they can do the same thing too.

Richard Stoute
Richard Stoute

“But she is Rihanna, and it wouldn’t look as bad [on] her as it would look if somebody else wears that. Can you imagine another young lady from this country going into Broad Street with that dress on today? You know what would happen? You know what would be said?

“I think that those things are for your bedroom and in your private domain. I don’t think that nakedness for a woman in any domain is good. Women must indeed remember that in order to gain respect they must give respect. If you devalue yourself, men will continue to devalue you. But if you respect yourself then men will have to respect you,” he said.

Stoute further expressed concern that the world on a whole seemed to be clinging to the nakedness of women.

“This is what is bringing in money,” he remarked.

“I am not in total agreement with that, but that is what the world is buying today.

“Look at what happens in the streets of our Crop Over festivities; and I have tremendous respect for women. I think that every time a woman is devalued it hurts me, because my mother was a woman, and I have a daughter as well.

“Women are made to be respected; women have to be respected in a very big way,” stressed Stoute, who wrote a song last Crop Over season which speaks to respect for women.

Dress aside, Stoute said Rihanna would always be a remarkable ambassador in his books, as she continued to market her country wherever she went.

On that note, he stressed that each time Rihanna referred to Barbados by name on the international stage “it means that we have gone up a notch in our [tourism] promotion”.

“I love her and I am always happy when she achieves things.

Rihanna is out there doing that for us, and I hope that she continues to keep our name flying. I don’t think we recognize enough that she has been giving Barbados great promotion, and every time she does something, Barbados gets mentioned.

“We need to be more appreciative and give her full acknowledgment by placing her picture on billboards all over the country because she is very large. She has done enough and has given the country a big boost because of her personality and what she has achieved in the field of entertainment,” he said.


63 Responses to Disappointed!

  1. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie June 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you!

  2. Alan Roach
    Alan Roach June 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    This is still news?

  3. Sherry Gittens
    Sherry Gittens June 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Well I think you need to check the wear of some of these outfits the ladies both old and young are wearing when going to particular party cruises ..a sight to behold…..imagine

  4. Geoffrey Brewster
    Geoffrey Brewster June 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm


  5. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce June 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Stop clinging on to the girl hoping for a miracle its not goin to come y does everything have to b about tourism when it comes to her pray tell me wat were u all doing before there was a rihanna

  6. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes June 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Please people. Stop with this ambassador thing. She dont have to please anyone. Look at how people stop what they are doing each time she appears on stage. So when she wear something which offends the Country we will denounce her then when she does something “nice” she will be called embasador again? Please

  7. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes June 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    The fashion police just gave Rihanna 10/10 on ENews Go Ri-Ri

  8. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore June 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Some ppl just need to make themselves feel relevant

  9. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown June 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    nothing to be disappointed about,it wont stop

  10. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes June 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Ri -Ri. Voted “Best dress” for the week unanimously.

  11. Jahmai Foresight Artist
    Jahmai Foresight Artist June 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Hey sexy sells what can I say

  12. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean June 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    So much expected from this girl’s life and she asked for no responsibilities but much has been trusted upon her. All she did was worked hard, achieved and is trying to enjoy her life. She owes us NOTHING at all. The mere fact that she is Bajan is yielding for Bdos and I am happy for that. Live and let live. Luv u Riri. Just stay outta trouble baby. Dats all ah ask.

  13. Ivy Mason
    Ivy Mason June 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Rihana is in show business she not a Nun cher wear one similarl l just love her wish I have her body

  14. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold June 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Barbados got down graded and Mr. Stoute u talking about u disappointed plzzzzz we should be talking about our economical problems we have here in BIM that is news not Rihanna dresses. Leave the Dam girl alone Barbados ain’t got a cent .That is news

  15. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler June 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    @Andy R Boyce – That’s a really cheap shot at a young man who’s making a life for himself overseas, and did not say a damn thing about Rihanna. Keep your criticism to the one who said it and stop trying to be slanderous for no reason

  16. Ashantia Howard
    Ashantia Howard June 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    shut up stoute

  17. carlos June 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Why is it a disappointment for rihanna to wear her own clothes, people need to stop putting down each other and uplift them, rihanna is a superstar, and she can do what ever she likes, nobody should be judging her, cause they are people who do worst and the cannot be accounted for. I being famous they will always be critics and jealousy waving above people who be come famous and what people in the world should realized, that when you slander bad talk or hate, the person keeps rising to the top. Remember the crucified Jesus all because he spoke the word of God. Let rihanna do her thing cause she is her own woman.

  18. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony June 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    oh gooddddddd andy man

  19. Tony Walker
    Tony Walker June 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I am soooo glad the Ri Ri never entered none of the local competitions especially the Richard Stoute Teen Contest…

  20. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer June 7, 2014 at 1:53 am

    stupsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeee anybody else walking bout showing she botsie all around would be a ‘ho…nuff pretty girls in Bim but Rhianna is an exception and anybody who does not celebrate she does get cuss real bad…I love my ppl but everything they do I don’t agree with including disgraceful behavior. ratchet is ratchet no matter who does it…

  21. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer June 7, 2014 at 1:54 am

    last time I checked Barbados was on the map when my gran was alive…

  22. Diana Ghislain
    Diana Ghislain June 7, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Some dayzz ago ,i was for her rogue parfum in the sephora schop in paris, toooo many fanzz around, and took some picturezz :+)

  23. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer June 7, 2014 at 2:16 am

    RiRi ridiculous behavior ! What dame can she be ? Dame or Dam ? Why are people so deceitful ? The girl is a Barbadian. Yes ! But because of money, her reckless behavior must be condone ? There are the Alison Hinds and those that have put Barbados on the map, long before RiRi and where is the real recognition ? I love her as a woman soaring to height, but she is ridiculous, and these morons, knuckle heads, not saying a word on anything that she does. All this is corrupting our youth. All I am saying is that people look up to these so-call Icons. Not a word from government. They made her the ambassador. How come not a word on any of this or that ? Thank you Mr. Stout for expressing you sincere feeling. It takes guts to stand up and be counted. If I never respected you before, well Sir. you deserve it now !

  24. Ken R. Smith
    Ken R. Smith June 7, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Stupseeeee, some of us have some very short memories, ‘clean yuh glass house first’

  25. Timmy Griffith
    Timmy Griffith June 7, 2014 at 3:22 am

    If Rihanna wants to wear a provocative dress so what. Do you think Rihanna cares about what critics think of her?!

  26. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Rihanna is one the biggest talk about celebrity how much blind can bajans be the girl did songs with all the best there is dress n all the best most.high class clothes an shoes so much so that she can be naked an get the fashion Icon MEN LIE WOMEN LIE NUMBERS DONT GOOGLE HER NAME AN GET UPDATE ON HOW BIG A CELEBRITY SHE IS BECAUSE I GUESS Y’ALL SLOW TO CERTAIN FACTS….

  27. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:38 am

    The girl a Super Star any one knows what that is any time u hear her name the world wonders what a little Island like Barbados got her from don’t y’all see big things do come in small packages after all she is proof of that the girl made big history internationally

  28. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Look u so stupid my bills already paid for ur business,that’s y people like u will always be put to shame because wanna studying people that careless about a hater,Rihanna said her self people going to talk even if u doing bad or good,wanna got a sickness get help….

  29. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

    My bills paid its call handling ur own business an let people open them stinking mouth for air…

  30. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Last night a tourist said to me she loves Rihanna how n d gods world bajans don’t like them self so,boy look wanna have alot to answer for sit down an play hypocrite all u want d girl got two Icons n one year making history over an over an wanna talking about what was y’all have no common sense none tall…

  31. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:54 am

    7 albums all sold billions #1 on its way R8 if that n Historical then nothing is an d book write wrong….

  32. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Wanna is mad people that girl is just 25 people live them hold life an have nothing to show for it,she took her talent an multiple it a 100 times over,people bury there’s under d sea wanna trying to judge her an judgment falling on y’all heads for it….

  33. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Judge not less u be judge an what judgment u judge u will be judge also …..

  34. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 4:02 am

    The stone u reject will be the foundation stones…..

  35. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley June 7, 2014 at 6:11 am

    You don’t need a role model, let her do what she wants, and let Barbados as an island be the role model the same as it has done for many years, tourists are interested in the beautiful beaches, the endless sun. As for a role model for kids, today she will be no1 next week it will be someone else, today’s news will be history tomorrow

  36. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase June 7, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Hahahahaha….. seriously??
    Of all people to condemn her is this joker???….stupse!!

  37. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha June 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Look at tesseann chin…whole a Jamaica line streets to watch she win. .. but bajans noooo we cant see another person mek it…..I hope rihanna doesnt look back

  38. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman June 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

    i wonder how Ricky Stoute would look in the dress ?

  39. Hazel Clarke June 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

    First she is not you or your child’s role model, look to yourself first, she is who she is, this is what sells, she was in Brazil ,hint, hint. You people in Barbados do not care for her anyway, so why worry about her. Young women who dresses half naked want to do it anyway, they do not want Rihanna’s approval, Bajans were always close minded.

  40. Allan Walrond
    Allan Walrond June 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Do you all really think Rihanna and her management team think about what everyone think.

  41. Frank Branch June 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    She has a multimillion dollar contract with the BTA to promote Barbados. They are several other artiste who, while not as popular do it for free.

  42. Curtis Brewster
    Curtis Brewster June 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I wonder if she was to say”From tomorrow,I am not a Bajan” what would the cry be?Is this really called for?She wore the dress,probably throw it away by now and we still no closer to world peace,poverty eradication or the even of our economic woes.channel this energy into making this government look after our affairs properly!!!!!

  43. Rosemary Pilgrim June 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Well said, Mr. Stoute.

  44. Andrew Minaj
    Andrew Minaj June 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

    who cares tho, she is a big girl and not his…..plus he is not disappointed with his own so how can he be of someone elses…real talk.

  45. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Look bajans never stand up for nothing but be d first one to put down others y’all weak minded,u can’t put down some one that’s doin better things then u impossible u have to be doin better then that person first y’all gas up over nothing,but y’all have no solutions for the economic problems it shows how backwards bajans or,clean ur eyes first b4 u try to tell others about they eye…..

  46. Tamisha Superfly Dangler
    Tamisha Superfly Dangler June 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Poetry Dancer, it is because of Rihanna, Barbados is MORE recognized. I never meant it literally!

  47. Charly Bamboo
    Charly Bamboo June 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Some bajan have this below.

  48. Rachel Ramphal
    Rachel Ramphal June 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    get over it!!!!! It’s called fashion and models nipples have been on catwalks for decades. and no we dont walk down Broad St in high fashion either

  49. Margarita Sirrap
    Margarita Sirrap June 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    All I need to see now is a billboard with huge photo of Rihanna on it somewhere near the airport

  50. Antone Williams
    Antone Williams June 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    If he disappointed so what
    He doesn’t pay her.

  51. Greg williams June 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Ppl need to let go and let the girl life her life . No one cared about her in the beginning all the negative bajans gave her from day 1. Al based on hear say and personal feelings. Ppl have to realize it is about fashion and in her game being remembered . If she didn’t wear it we all won’t be here talking about her now would we. Ppl just let go. Why she has to Carry the burden of the island . Our local celebs have done their part yes agreed unfortunately not at riri level. That the reality of it . Move on ppl. This is all a distraction that the county going to the dogs and that ppl still do t have work. That what we should worry about. How we will feed our family and pay out bills. Move on!!!!!


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