Why Rihanna fans are furious at Apple exec Eddy Cue

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The Golden State Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and some high-profile fans were in attendance – among them, singer and LeBron James supporter Rihanna, and top Apple exec and known Warriors superfan Eddy Cue.

Rihanna put on a show throughout the game, bowing to James, yelling “Brick!” when Warriors forward Kevin Durant took a foul shot, and waving to Warriors fans that heckled her back.

But one moment from the game has led to outrage from Rihanna fans on Twitter: After Rihanna bows to LeBron James, Apple exec Eddy Cue appears to say something and makes a “sit down” gesture to someone nearby. Cue is a longtime Warriors fan, even making the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle last year when the Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs.

A Tweet containing a GIF of Cue yelling and pointing has since been deleted, but we were able to capture the Tweet before it was taken down. Take a look:

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Here’s another angle of the incident, at about the 0:14 mark:

After doing some lip-reading, we have some guesses what Cue is saying, but we’ll let you form your own opinions.

Cue quickly put out a tweet claiming that he wasn’t yelling at Rihanna, but was instead talking to a friend a few seats away.

Regardless, Cue’s actions are now getting him in hot water with Rihanna’s fans on Twitter:

Either way, Apple might have to smoothing over to do if it wants to secure Rihanna’s next album as an Apple Music exclusive.