You would think most people would be thrilled to have a major pop star come and film a music video on their land, but in the case of Irish grain farmer Alan Graham, you’d be wrong.
Graham, who grows grain in Bangor, Ireland, consented to a request from Rihanna’s team asking if they could film a portion of her next music video in his fields. But when the singer pulled up with her crew on Monday and Graham saw her dancing around in a bikini top (as she is wont to do), he asked them all to get off his property. Graham told the BBC, “I thought it was inappropriate. I requested them to stop and they did.”
Ouch. It’s a little striking when you consider that Rihanna’s done far more offensive things than this — for this shoot, RiRi sort of languidly moved around the field wearing jeans and an open plaid shirt and bikini top, exposing her midriff and decolletage. By contrast, in her video for S&M, she sings about how much whips and chains excite her while wearing a skimpy dress made of latex. But Graham didn’t know that because he’s never seen the video. He’d never heard of her before she showed up in his field.
“I didn’t know who was coming. If the name ‘Rihanna’ had been mentioned, well, no disrespect but it wouldn’t have meant anything,” he explained.
Graham said he had no issue with Rihanna’s presence — in fact, for most of the filming time, she and her crew were on another plot of land that didn’t belong to him, and he was just fine with them there. Once they crossed his property line, though, Graham took offense.
“From my point of view, it was my land, I have an ethos and I felt it was inappropriate. I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God,” he said.
We applaud Rihanna (rare, we know) for graciously moving elsewhere. Mr. Graham is certainly entitled to his beliefs; we just someone would tell him that God is OK with bikinis.