TLC to Rihanna: ‘Every Time I See You, You Don’t Have to Be Naked’

By Kevin Rutherford

“When there’s no changing the fact that I’m me, and they’re well… they’re them.”

The tweet, accompanied by a picture of her sticking her tongue out, was not necessarily anything different from the usual on Rihanna‘s Twitter account — vague, with a little tongue-wagging, in this case a little literally.

But the tweet was in response to something, in this case comments made by TLC concerning the Barbadian pop singer’s sometimes racy outfits.

In an interview with an Australian morning show, the surviving members of the R&B group, T-Boz and Chilli, dissed Rihanna for the clothes she tends to wear — particularly, how much skin is showing.

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“Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked,” T-Boz said. “It’s easy to sell sex.”

She added that, despite the possibility that some will see her comment as her simply being jealous, that’s not going to stop her from speaking her mind.

It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say, ‘Oh, TLC must be jealous,’ she said. “But I call a spade a spade.”

Added Chilli: “We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot. We could go around too with booby cakes out all day long.”

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Thus led to the slight retaliation from Rihanna, who also changed her header image on her account to a picture of the group in their heyday, two of whom have exposed breasts covered by their hands.

Despite her Instagram being gone for the time being, it’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last time Rihanna throws a little shade in someone else’s general direction on social media.

Just last month, she and Charlie Sheen got into a public spat on Twitter after the singer purportedly declined to meet Sheen and his fiancee at an L.A. restaurant. In that instance, Rihanna also changed her Twitter header image, that time to a picture of an autograph-craved person with Sheen’s head Photoshopped on.

TLC is currently on a reunion tour in Australia, the group’s first of their career. There’s also talk of a new album, which would be TLC’s first since 2002, when 3D was released seven months after the death of member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.


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