Rihanna defended by Broadway star after she texts during Slave Play sparking huge debate over theatre etiquette

Rihanna and Jeremy O Harris at Slave Play
had a good time watching Jeremy’s Slave Play (Picture: Jeremy O Harris, Twitter)

Rihanna has sparked a huge debate amongst theatre-goers after arriving late to a Broadway play earlier than being spied texting all through the present.

The Fenty Beauty founder loved an evening out watching the hit manufacturing Slave Play, written by Jeremy O Harris, on Sunday night.

However, RiRi is alleged to have arrived round 15 minutes late and was then seen utilizing her cellphone during the play.

Jeremy was thrilled on the popstar’s presence and tweeted: ‘Two things I learned today about the Type of theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s working late. I maintain the curtain for her. When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I reply.’

So clearly, he didn’t appear to thoughts Rihanna, 31, being Twitter fingers during his murals however others weren’t so impressed.



Criticising the Work singer for her theatre etiquette, one fan of Slave Play mentioned: ‘Love your work. Loved DADDY. Loved @slaveplaybway @nytw79. Plan on coming to see it at the Golden. Texting during a show is unacceptable. As is starting late for anyone who thinks they’re higher than a paying viewers of theatre goers. @rihanna is superb however examine that privilege.’

Another agreed and mentioned: ‘Rihanna texting the playwright during a performance isn’t cool. It’s impolite. Celebrating it’s ridiculous & it’s an insult to the entire different theatre-makers engaged on the manufacturing. #sorrynotsorry, however you’re late AND texting? Put your cellphone away, @rihanna.’

Rihanna and Jeremy O Harris at Slave Play
Jeremy had no downside with Rihanna texting during his manufacturing (Picture: Jeremy O. Harris, Twitter)

Rihanna texting

Taking a cheeky swipe on the singer, one other weighed in: ‘Except Rihanna didn’t “see” it as a result of she was too busy texting all through it.’

Jeremy felt compelled to defend his pal and hit again at critics: ‘FYI: miss me w tweets chastising anybody in my viewers for utilizing a cellphone to ship a textual content.

Jeremy O Harris
Jeremy’s acquired RiRi’s again (Picture: WireImage)

‘I’ve seen too many “general audience members” do it over the final decade to care about it. I’m extra curious about theatre evolving and perhaps telephones are a part of that evolution? Who is aware of.’

Some of Jeremy’s followers famous Lin-Manuel Miranda’s criticism of Madonna texting whereas watching his critically-acclaimed manufacturing Hamilton again in 2015.

Addressing Lin-Manuel’s response, Jeremy replied to at least one Twitter follower: ‘I respect Lin’s place, I simply don’t share it.



‘I’m not curious about policing anybody’s relationship to watching a play ESPECIALLY somebody who isn’t part of the common theatregoing crowd.

‘Moreover, as ppl on this site know I’m famously ambivalent abt cellphone use in theatre [sic].’

And there you may have it.

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