By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Hate her or love her, Rihanna is one of the biggest pop stars of the current music generation. The singer has the kind of star power that makes it easy for her to sell out a MAC lipstick in three hours, perform at sold out stadium shows, and she can belt out hit after hit and make it look easy in the process. Sure, Rihanna isn’t cookie cutter when it comes down to her image, but many would have to think it’s her bad girl ways that have made her such a polarizing figure. Her fans love the fact that she will hit someone in the face with a mic for grabbing her in the middle of a performance, and her critics just loathe that she sometimes reportedly shows up two hours late to her concerts and gets on with the show like it shouldn’t even be an issue. However, when it comes to the role model conversation, even Rihanna and most of her fans agree that it’s just not her lane. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to place that responsibility on her.
In a recent article, writer Liz Jones for the Daily Mail seems to suggest that Rihanna’s choice of clothes warrant rape. In a recent piece in which Jones slams Rihanna for not being a good role model, she writes words many are baffled a woman would even dare her computer keys to type. When discussing Rihanna’s influence on her millions of Instagram followers, she writes:
Most of these ‘followers’, of course, are young girls. Those same girls, some as young as eight or nine, have been packing out her concerts at Twickenham this month, as part of her sell-out UK tour.
They writhe and pout along to her suggestive lyrics in a disturbing mimicry of adult sexuality.
(Pictures of Rihanna’s dance moves were too explicit to print in a family newspaper.)
Of course, these little girls don’t realise there is anything wrong with what they are doing — they just want to copy the chart-topping star — who this year became the first singer ever to have had ten No.1 singles in the U.S. Billboard Chart. But if only she could be a better role model for young women.
I don’t care if she has the voice of an angel and is self-made, feisty and confident.
All these qualities pale to nothing when we know she went back to her abusive boyfriend, Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her in 2009; that she promotes drug-taking, drinking and the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst, disrespect at least.
We have to say, we think her words were very irresponsible for a woman writing about Rihanna’s lack of responsibility as a role model to young women. But what do you think…was the writer out of line? And can a woman’s clothing “invite rape?” Speak on it in the comment section below. It’s been a while since we had a discussion anyway.
Interestingly enough, these are the words from the writer Rihanna dragged on her Instagram account yesterday.