High school student Alexis Carter just wanted to imitate her idol, Rihanna, at her prom. Now, what was just an admittedly-odd fashion choice has turned into an internet meme and a sad example of cyber bullying, led by the pop star herself.
Carter donned a low-cut pantsuit with batwing-like arms and legs for her prom in homage to a green Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit Rihanna wore to the Echo Awards in 2010. The star was widely panned for her unusual outfit back then, and Carter didn't fare much better. Her photo sparked the #PromBat hashtag and meme and, if being mocked by total strangers wasn't bad enough, Rihanna herself joined in to fan the flames.
She gets it pic.twitter.com/DCqsvPXAjk— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 9, 2014
Other Twitter users chimed in with their own comments and memes.
#PromBat out here dressed like Ultimate Warrior's facepaint— Generalissimo Killt (@8bitanimal) May 9, 2014
It's a bird.... It's a plane..... It's #prombat— Bald Head Scallywag (@TheeLoveBelow) May 9, 2014
Carter told Fox 5 Baltimore she really loved the outfit and is heartbroken that Rihanna would make fun of her for wearing the same thing she did.
"I was like, 'Oh my god, I love this outfit, I wanna go with this outfit. Let me go show my mom,' and I was like, 'Mom, Mom, Mom, I wanna wear this, it's cool, I love it, oh my God," she told the news station.
"I was very offended," she said of Rihanna's tweets. "Why throw shade on it when you had on the exact same thing? The poses was different but the outfit wasn't.
"She don't love her fans like she says she does."
To drive her point home, Carter changed the background on her own Twitter page to Chris Brown wallpaper.
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