Fans have slammed Riky Rick for posing with legendary designer Tommy Hilfiger, citing a controversial rumour that Tommy didn’t like black people wearing his clothes.
The rapper this week shared a snap on Twitter of himself and the designer during the presentation of the Fall 2019 “Tommy x Lewis” collection, a collaboration between Tommy and British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton in Milan.
While Riky was on cloud nine at meeting his idol, social media users soon flooded the comments section of the post with claims that Tommy was a racist.
According to Fashionista, a rumour started in 1996 that Tommy had appeared on Oprah’s TV show saying that he wouldn’t have made his clothes so “nice” if he knew people of colour would wear them.
The fashion site explained that none of the rumours was true, as he had never even been on Oprah’s show when they started. However, he eventually did go on the show in 2007 to put the rumours to bed.
Still, the rumour has persisted and when Riky posted the snap alongside a lengthy caption of what it meant to him to finally meet the man he looked up to as a young child, he was dragged.
Tommy’s name trended on Twitter as fans weighed in on the picture.
Others defended Riky and brought receipts to prove that the rumours were false.
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