The recording industry is worth billions of dollars, but the material that stars like Rihanna are producing is the stuff of cheap stripper bars, brothels, and dominatrix dens, with coinciding images that were hidden from children not too long ago, but which are now part of the mainstream music industry and an integral part of it.
Violence and sex as entertainment is okay and the shock factor is nothing new. Madonna, a true pioneer of bad taste and an influence on some of the biggest female singers today, continues to shock 30 years on – exposing her breast in Turkey, posing with a gun in Israel, exposing her butt in Italy, calling a French minister a Nazi and - oh, yawn… Retire already!
Rihanna, who couldn't sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with any amount of depth, is very sexual in all her stage performances - grabbing her crotch, simulating sex with her microphone, bending over to waggle her butt at the folks. If my daughter's teacher did that at school without her underwear, she'd be arrested, or at least fired. At one concert, she selected a gaga teen-aged girl from the audience and brought her up on stage and then got on top of her, moaning and simulating sex with her. Okay, the girl could have left the stage - but really?
There is a probability that Rihanna experienced some form of violence as a child since her father was a crack addict and an alcoholic. The controversy over her violent video came not too long after she was a victim of domestic battery at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Everyone saw the pictures of her bruised face. Chris Brown, a rapper from the 'hood, is a man prone to violence, as he demonstrated after smashing out two windows on the set of Good Morning America. He was angered at questions by the host about his assault on Rihanna and felt he was being ‘exploited' for ratings. He would like everyone to put that issue to bed and forget about it.
His career tanked for a few years after the assault, but since then he’s been forgiven by the music community and he's back on track with a new single. Rihanna and Chris could possibly re-ignite their relationship and it wouldn't raise too many questions because like almost every other scandal in Hollywood, give it five years and the outrage is forgotten. Rihanna recently declared to Oprah that he was the love of her life, which reminds us that victims usually go back to their abuser for a few more beatings before they finally break it off for good.
Rihanna is not alone on stage. Shakira is another in a long line of entertainers to be ‘seen performing raunchy dance moves on a pole in just a pair of tiny knickers and a string bra in her latest music video.’ This is understandable because Shakira couldn't sing herself out of the proverbial paper bag, but she's got a great body. In fact, they're all incredibly beautiful, which makes you wonder what their careers are really based on. Would we accept them so readily if they were scarred front and back by smallpox, or were covered in boils?
A police officer in Canada created worldwide controversy more than a year ago when he told some young women that if they didn’t dress like ‘sluts’ they wouldn’t be a victim. There were ‘slut-marches’ all over the world as a protest to these statements; however, no famous sluts joined the march. Why don’t we march for something worthwhile, like getting rid of these faux-artists like Rihanna and the fatuous panty-wetter, Lady Gaga. They do nothing for women's causes.
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