The senior women put together an act recreating Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” dance sequence from her performance at Super Bowl LVII in February. The short video has since racked up more than 3.7 million views on the social platform and even got the attention of the singer herself.
Rihanna sent a huge bouquet of white roses with a note that said, “You Ladies Dance [sic] Was Amazing, Love Roc Nation, Rihanna.” This comes after rapper Jay-Z also sent the ladies a bouquet of red roses last week accompanied by a card that said, “We Love The Tik Tok Here At Roc Nation! Jay Z.”
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“When the roses showed up from Rihanna, we were all in shock,” Paige Oakes, director of community relations at Arcadia Senior Living Bowling Green, told HuffPost. “All week, we have been waiting to see if we would get a response from her.”
“We were so excited to know that Rihanna watched the video and saw our lovely ladies having fun and dancing to her music,” Oakes continued.
The clip features 11 women dressed in white outfits to reference the costumes worn by Rihanna’s backup dancers during the Super Bowl. The women all step aside to show off resident Dora Martin, 87, who is dressed in red like the Grammy Award-winning singer was during her performance.
“I would say half were aware of TikTok, and the other half did not know what it was, so we had to explain it,” the community relations director told the publication. She went on to explain how engagement director Maitlin Nuckols made the TikTok account “never thinking” any of their content would go viral.
“We were just trying to find something new and engaging for the residents,” Oakes noted, saying they are so far “loving all of the fame and attention.”
“Everybody loves to see the older generation letting loose and having fun,” Nuckols added. “You always think of the older population in this way, and then I feel like this video just kind of shows a different side of them.”
Rihanna made headlines for announcing her second pregnancy with boyfriend A$AP Rocky during the performance. The Federal Communications Commission received dozens of complaints that the show was “indecent” and “pornographic” due to the “Umbrella” singer dancing in a sexually suggestive manner.