Playwright Defends Rihanna For Texting During Broadway Show

Some people are criticizing Rihanna for texting during a Broadway show, but playwright Jeremy O. Harris sure isn’t.

Rihanna was spotted in attendance at a Broadway showing of Slave Play this past weekend. During the show, some audience members noticed Rihanna playing on her phone.

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Playwright O’Harris defended Rihanna on Twitter. “Two things I learned today about the Type of theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her,” he wrote. “When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond.”

One fan asked O’Harris why he wasn’t condemning Rihanna’s texting. “I’m not interested in policing anyone’s relationship to watching a play ESPECIALLY someone who isn’t a part of the regular theatergoing crowd,” he explained.

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“Moreover, as people on this site know, I’m famously ambivalent about phone use in theatre,” he continued.

Slave Play is currently generating great reviews and buzz on Broadway. O’Harris is an alum of Yale and has four plays to his credit.
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