You Can See the Jamaican Accent Coming a Mile Away
By now you probably saw pictures of Rihanna with her waist-length, faux dreads. At first it seemed like the sartorial chameleon was just showcasing another look she could effortlessly pull off in-between counting money and ignoring texts from Drake, but as time progressed, we now know that the mock locs are for her role in the upcoming Oceans 8, which boasts an all-female cast. As of writing, little is known of her character. But on-set paparazzi flicks give a sense of what’s to come from Fenty’s character – rocking grungy outfits (baggy ripped jeans, oversized layers), fetching head wraps, and, most notably, an ites, gold, and green-colored tam.
Now, when you see the tam, the locs, the colors, you get a sense of what’s coming next (especially when you see it through the North American eye): Some sort of processed Jamaican patois is coming right behind it.
Now, this is not a dis to my brothers and sisters from the land of wood and water. This is just me running with the all too familiar all-Caribbean-people-with-dreadlocks-and-an-acccent-must-be-Jamaican stereotype and trope that is so prevalent worldwide, especially in Uhmurrcan pop culture. You know: In Living Color, Cool Runnings etc.
It would be bare eggs if Ri would have to fake an accent as mock as the hair, when she has always been true to our dialect and isms. Even when she softens it up to be palatable, the local inflections can’t help but shine through.
Anyways, let’s hope my speculations don’t turn out to be true. I’ll give the director and producers of Oceans 8 the benefit of the dope. But if Rihanna shows up in the first official trailer talking like the jellyfish from Shark Tale, I mekking noise.
In other “Rihanna in movies” news, below is a first look as the pop star in her short role as Bubbles, a shapeshifting entertainer, in the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Director Luc Besson told Entertainment Weekly:
Rihanna was my first wish. First, because of her voice and the way she smiles and looks and how she expresses herself. Second, because you know she won’t be intimidated on the set. She plays stadiums with 100,000 people. You know that girl isn’t shy about the camera and the crew and all this.
She was very direct with me. She said ‘Luc, I want to learn, I want to work. Just let me do it.’ And I must say that she was a great partner and did everything I asked. [Laughs] And believe me — I asked too much.
— Ultimate Rihanna (@URihannaFansite) November 9, 2016
Watch the trailer below.
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