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Rihanna must have known she'd get some flack for the kind words she had for her former abuser, Chris Brown, on Oprah's Next Chapter.

"Rihanna confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown," Joan Tweeted. "Idiot! Now it's my turn to slap her."

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RiRi reportedly fired back, "Wow, you really do get slow when you're old, huh?" But it appears the Tweet has been deleted.

When the We Found Love singer appeared on Oprah's show for a candid interview, she certainly didn't disappoint in terms of her honesty level.

"We love each other and we probably always will, and that's not anything that we're going to try to change. I think he was the love of my life. He was my first love and I see that he loved me the same way. I truly love him. The main thing for me is he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's not happy or he's still lonely. I care. It actually matters that he finds that peace," she said.

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The words did not sit well with some fans, who feel that Rihanna is setting a poor example.

"Honey, Rihanna, everyone knows: If he hit you once, he'll hit you again. Read the statistics," Joan Tweeted before also extending her an invitation to guest on E!'s Fashion Police. Um, ok. A little ill-timed, perhaps?

Do you think Joan was right to speak out about this issue?

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