posted on November 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Rihanna recently was in Ireland filming the video for her new song, “We Found Love.” The selected location was a large piece of farmland in Bangor, County Down, where she posed in a bikini and other skimpy outfits.
Concern arose, however, when the singer moved to the wheat fields and frolicked topless. It was at this point that the farmer and owner of the land, Mr. Alan Graham, politely asked the crew to stop filming.
Graham is a Christian man in his 60s who is obviously old-fashioned and principled. Little did he know that when he authorized a film crew to shoot a music video on his land, he would be asking a young lady to cover up her “assets.”
Graham was not intimidated by the fact that Rihanna is a celebrity (although he did admit that he initially did not know who she was), or that the filming attracted a huge crowd of onlookers to his field. He simply found her to be in an inappropriate “state of undress,” and so he put an end to it. But there’s more…
Before the crew left, Graham had a few words directly with Rihanna. He asked her to cover up and then suggested that she become more “acquainted with God.” Don’t you love that? He didn’t care that she is a big Hollywood star, because for him God is greater and his first priority is to his Lord and Savior.
“Everybody needs to be acquainted with God and to consider his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his death and Resurrection,” the farmer told reporters when they interviewed him about the incident.
Graham couldn’t have approached this situation any better. He was respectful to Rihanna and her crew. He voiced his concern in a positive way, and then he asked them to leave. The fact that they did leave without argument is an indication of the way in which they received his message. If they had been offended, I am sure they would have caused a scene. But based on the reports, there was no conflict at all following his request.
Even when interviewed about the event, Graham was very positive and respectful. He couldn’t come right out and explain that it was a topless Rihanna that was the last straw for him. He would leave that for the papers to disclose. Take a look at the news clip below.
Graham’s response to this situation was fantastic. He demonstrates how we as Christians should glorify God. We too should stick to our Christian values, spread His word with courtesy and respect, and leave on good terms. Graham seems to be a very gracious man with a strong relationship with God. We could learn a lot from him.
What do you think about this story and how Graham responded?