- (BBC via The Christian Post)
The farmer who scolded pop star Rihanna for being half-naked on his farm during a video music shoot has been receiving hate mail from the singer's fans, British tabloid The Sun reported.
Alan Graham has been called a "Bible-bashing maniac" by Rihanna fans, but the Irish straw farmer says he is not too disturbed by the vitriol. "I'm taking it all in my stride, it'll soon die down," he told the paper.
"To be honest, all this fuss has kept me back a bit. I've got straw to harvest that I haven't been able to finish yet," Graham added.
The topless Rihanna controversy erupted last week while the singer was shooting a video for her new single, "We Found Love." According to U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Rihanna sported various looks for the shoot, and eventually appeared topless at one point, which is when Graham spoke up.
"I realized things had got to a stage which were not acceptable to me. Things became inappropriate and I asked the film crew to stop," Graham, 61, told the news agency.
"If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate then I say, 'Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that.' "
The conservative father of four, unaware beforehand what was going to take place on his 60-acre land, shared that he did not make his expectations clear to the film crew when they asked him to use his field.
"There was no firm arrangement about borrowing the field. Everybody was done on an ad hoc basis... Everything that was going to take place was not made clear to me," The Telegraph quoted Graham.
Following what he called his "ethos," according to BBC News, Graham asked the crew to stop filming after deeming Rihanna's behavior unacceptable.
However, despite the bad first impression Rihanna made on Graham, the Christian farmer has forgiven her and she is welcome to return, he said, according to The Sun.
"I'd love to have her back. She was lovely and gracious when I spoke to her. Just as long as I know what she's wearing before the visit," Graham said.