A music video shoot proved too raunchy for a farmer, who called a halt to filming on his land over the singer’s “inappropriate” attire.
The Bahamian pop star Rihanna stripped down to a red and white bikini top and jeans in a barley field near Bangor in Northern Ireland on Monday, prompting landowner Alan Graham to intervene.
“I realised things had got to a stage which were not acceptable to me,” said the 61-year-old, who holds strong Christian beliefs. “Things became inappropriate and I asked the film crew to stop.”
Mr Graham said he had not heard of Rihanna, 23, before her representatives requested the use of his 60-acre farm at Clandeboye.
“Someone explained she was as big as it gets as far as pop stars were concerned,” said the father of four. “I am a bit illiterate about those issues.”
While he initially agreed to the request, helping out by pulling the film crew’s equipment from mud with his tractor, he objected to the singer unbuttoning her shirt to expose a revealing bikini top, and asked for the filming to stop.
The sight of the scantily clad pop star drew a crowd of hundreds and brought traffic on the nearby A2 dual carriageway to a crawl.
“If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say: ‘Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that’,” explained Mr Graham.
He hoped the singer understood where he was coming from.
“We had a conversation. We shook hands and parted company on good terms.
“I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God.”
Tim Hume, The Independent