Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rihanna Concerts


Rihanna in concert with her crotch showing

Brassieres, bustiers, camel-toe shorts, thongs, six-inch stiletto shoes – these are the 'clothes' that today's female singers wear on stage as they writhe and simulate sexual acts for the enjoyment of their audience – an audience of young girls whose average age is 12 - 15. And when these music stars step out to do promotion, they're still wearing their underwear.

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 on stage with girl from audienceRihanna, 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?

Rihanna on stage in raunchy position
Rihanna put out a music video a year ago, Man Down, where she is depicted following and then shooting a man as a result of her near rape by him the previous day. That is the storyline. Some parents were angry over the video and its portrayal of violence. However, instead of empathizing with parents’ concerns over the video, Rihanna’s statement from her publicist informed parents that ‘I’m just a rock star, I’m not a parent. It’s up to you to teach your children not to be like me.’ In other words, don't bother me with the incidentals. Do these music industry stars bear no responsibility for what they put out there, or is it the responsibility of the parents to monitor what their children watch and listen to?

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?

At another concert, Lady Gaga did the splits and rolled on to her back, exposing the crowd to a big wet spot on her white underwear. How thrilling that must have been for the front row and worth a few bucks to the lucky guy that got off a picture. Christina Aguilera also caused a stir in Britain with her X Factor routine and outraged parents called the show to complain about her ‘obscene’ performance. Young teens should not have to be processing these images, yet this has become the norm in the music biz.

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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