Rihanna Criticized for Texting During Slave Play on Broadway as Playwright Defends Her

PEOPLE.com | 9/16/2019 | Staff
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Rihanna is facing heat for texting during the Broadway showing of Slave Play over the weekend.

The singer, 31, enjoyed watching the popular play by Jeremy O. Harris but received criticism from those in the audience who witnessed her texting.

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Harris, 30, cleared the air and defended Rihanna on Twitter when fans took issue with it, also revealing the “Diamonds” singer had texted him in advance to let him know she was running late to the show.

“Two things I learned today about the Type of theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her,” O. Harris tweeted. “When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond.”

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When a fan asked why O. Harris wasn’t “condemning” Rihanna’s behavior, the playwright replied, “I’m not interested in policing anyone’s relationship to watching a play ESPECIALLY someone who isn’t a part of the regular theatergoing crowd.”

He continued, “Moreover, as ppl on this site know I’m famously ambivalent abt phone use in theatre.”

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O. Harris also received criticism for delaying the beginning of the production for the singer, but he defended his decision by explaining that...
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