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As social media users gushed their approval, media outlets rushed to identify her handsome new love interest.It didn’t take long before he was revealed to be prominent Saudi Arabian businessman Hassan Jameel of Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, which owns the rights to sell Toyota cars in the gulf state.“I like to tell women about abusive men or men who support abuse. He is linked to the house of Saudi and family rule over the abuse of women daily.

We must never let our outrage at the violations and indignities endured by Saudi women and girls abate.The criticism of Jameel also smacks of what the late, great Edward Said correctly defined as orientalism – the West’s patronising attitude towards cultures different to our own.When we thought that Jameel was a Spanish footballer, we applauded him: but when we thought that Rihanna was dating a Middle Eastern man – an Arab, no less – we condemned her, implying that Arab men can’t respect women, only Western men do.Some mistakenly identified Jameel as a member of Saudi’s ruling royal and suddenly, Jameel became responsible for the Saudi Government’s multiple human rights abuses; for the nation’s grotesque wealth inequality; for the House of Saud’s continued subjugation of women.Rihanna – whose unapologetically sexual, don’t-give-a-f*** attitude has won her many feminist fans – was suddenly debasing herself by dating a woman-hating member of a corrupt Arab ruling elite.

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