Oh to be a fly on the wall.

While film­ing for Ocean’s 8 on Sat­ur­day, Rihan­na gave some major side eye to co-star Sarah Paul­son after the actress held one of Rih’s faux-locs in her hand. 


Now we’re not sure if this is a scene from the movie or if it was a real-life inter­ac­tion, either way Rih is mak­ing the face all black women make when some­one touch­es our hair because it is so ‘cool’, ‘funky’ or (my favorite) ‘FUN!’

How would you cap­tion this pho­to?

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22 Comments on "[Pic] Rihanna Offers Epic Side Eye to White Actress Who Touched Her Hair"

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She does look uncom­fort­able, or annoyed. I think when some­one who isn’t close to you, touch or play with your hair with­out ask­ing it makes you ques­tion why they are doing it? Peo­ple don’t real­ize that It’s invit­ing them­selves into your per­son­al space with­out regard for how you feel. It’s rude.


Thats not even her own hair


Did you even read “Rih’s faux-locs?”


This brings back fond mem­o­ries when a senior staff mem­ber was so fas­ci­nat­ed by my hair she touched it. She seemed a lit­tle sur­prised when I didn’t like it, cit­ing per­son­al space pref­er­ences.


They love treat­ing our hair like its an ani­mal at the zoo. Can you imag­ine if we did it to them, instant law­suit!


am i the only one who doesn’t mind when some­one touch­es my hair.… I’m actu­al­ly flattered/relived they want to touch my hair… rather than see it as nasty and dirty.… (lol as long as they dont smush it!)


How do you know where their hands have been or what neg­a­tive ener­gy they have flow­ing in them. It’s just rude to put your hand on some­one with­out their con­sent.

Tj Rotich

im the same as well…but touch my cheeks and start cooing,i may bite you.


Don’t touch my hair or com­ment about it either!

Justice S

I like Sarah Paul­son but Rihan­na looks pissed.She is look­ing right at her hand like,oh hell no.


gives this arti­cle the side eye. shee hon­est­ly just looks like she’s blink­ing… or look­ing at her shirt.
not every­thing is about race yall in lots if cul­tures stroking or play­ing with someone’s hair is seen as endear­ing




You touch my dam hair I’ll have the urge to break your fin­gers. Its that sim­ple. I’m nobody’s per­son­al pet­ting zoo.

sonya .

You sound like a white per­son… this web­site isn’t for you.


Don’t touch peo­ple, includ­ing their hair, with­out their con­sent. Don’t appeal to “oth­er cul­tures” to jus­ti­fy it. Obvi­ous­ly with­in African-Amer­i­can cul­ture, it’s not seen as “endear­ing.”

LittleBabyBug Jones
i would not say that we don’t see hair touch­ing endear­ing. we just don’t like it when white peo­ple, espe­cial­ly white strangers, touch our hair, or strangers in gen­er­al. but it IS an endear­ing ges­ture if it’s some­one you con­sid­er fam­i­ly or like kin. One of the ways i knew i was “in” with my husband’s fam­i­ly was when they felt com­fort­able enough to let me do their hair and take their braids out, and help them with their kids’ hair; and i felt com­fort­able enough for them to run their fin­gers through mine. Hair can be seen as an… Read more »

Exact­ly. Peo­ple need to stop act­ing like every­one is their friend, like they’d want some­one putting their hands in THEIR hair. It’s a ques­tion of enti­tle­ment.


It’s intru­sive! We are not pets. Don’t touch is nor our hair! Peri­od.




So much shade.




Ima give you til the count of 1 to get your hands off my hair.