If you go to a Rihanna concert, you’ll have the chance to visit these little pop up shops that carry the Rihanna brand — merchandise, cosmetic range, perfumes and all of that.
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Well a 28-year-old woman by the name of Starkeema Greenidge went to a Rihanna concert in Brooklyn, NY and claims that she caught herpes after a Rihanna brand representative applied an unsanitised, herpes-infected tube of ‘Riri Woo’ lipstick on her mouth. Ewwwww. Two days later she spotted a cold sore on her lip and went to the docs who diagnosed it as herpes, and now Starkeema is suing MAC for emotional distress and loss of earnings from missing work.
Let’s consider this woman’s name for a second — Starkeema, which is just about as ghetto a name as it gets. As someone with a first name that’s mispronounced fairly often, I’ve always said people should be given chances in life based on their character and not their names. STARKEEMA though, really? It sounds like the name of someone who caught herpes a bloody long time ago.
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Call me old-fashioned but I would not share a public lipstick at a Rihanna concert in Brooklyn or anywhere else in the world. Mainly because I’m not female, but also because it’s fucking gross. You should really be prepared to face the consequences if you think it’s a good idea to apply lipstick to your mouth that’s already been used by hundreds of other people. Plus I’m guessing there’s a proportionately higher amount of people with herpes attending a Rihanna concert than say, a Celine Dion concert.
If you take anything from Starkeema’s experience, let it be not to rub public germs in and around your mouth via the medium of Rihanna-branded cosmetics. Cheers.