Last year, Rihanna brought media attention to Jasmina Amena, a 7-year-old suffering with leukemia. Rihanna visited her young fan several times and called on the public to undergo bone marrow testing in an effort to find a compatible donor for her. But after Jasmina’s death last month, Rihanna seems to have forgotten about the Amenas. Recently, a tweet popped up on the OneForJasmina Twitter:
“It has been a month since Jasmina’s passing. Still not even a card or text message from Rihanna. Did she use my child for a publicity stunt?”
Although the tweet seems to come from Jasmina’s mother, Thea, she denies writing the message, which has been deleted. Instead, Thea says many friends have the password to her Twitter account. However, she adds that it would “have meant the world to her” if Rihanna did contact her after Jasmina’s passing. The only celebs that have been in touch, she writes, were the Obamas. (Kelly Rowland also visited Jasmina in the hospital.)
To be fair, Rihanna could be dealing with Jasmina’s death in her own private way or may feel she doesn’t have the right words to say to Thea. I mean, how do you console a woman after she’s buried her child? Plus, Rihanna is also promoting Rated R at the moment. But she could have had a more sinister reason for bringing attention to Jasmina’s plight. Maybe she was trying to forget her assault or wanted the rest of the world to realize she’s more than just a singer and victim. Rihanna could have wanted everyone to see her in a better light.
So what do you think, did Rihanna use Jasmina for publicity? Should she have been in touch with Thea after the death? Let us know in the comments. [The Young, Black & Fabulous]