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OPINION - There is a fire storm brewing all over the internet concerning the relationship of Rihanna and Chris Brown. When I say relationship, I do not mean intimate relationship, but to the public they have made it well known that there is a business relationship that is currently taking place. Since they collaborated on two songs, "Birthday Cake - Remix", and "Turn Up The Music - Remix", people have been giving their opinions ever since.
I will honestly say that Rihanna is one of the hottest artist in the game right now, her popularity is phenomenal. Brown has a enormous fan base as well, but he isn't surpassing Rihanna's shining star. So who needed this collaboration more? According to The-Dream who produce the "Birthday Cake Re-mix, "It was Rih’s idea". But why would she do this? Is this some sort of way of forgiving a man who almost beat her senseless? Or is this the same action, women who are often battered decide to do by seeking this collaboration as a sign that she forgives him, and possibly want to rekindle the flame. Or did Rhianna do this to make her fans say,“well if Rihanna forgives him, I can too and support his music”.
As far as business is concerned, this is a marketing tactic that will probably push records. While some folks are fretting over their collaboration, they are also listening to their two new songs - and are probably anticipating the music video, as well. At the end of the day, the more we talk about them the more records they will sell - even though I believe both remixes are overrated. "Birthday Cake" was a hot song before Brown got on it. In actuality, Brown made the song more dark and sinister, instead of sexually innocent when you listen to the original based on Rihanna's delivery alone. Controversy at times is a great source of income, nevertheless. Brown and Rihanna are playing a game of "I'm going to continue to make fans, bloggers, and journalist keep us in the headlines". And yes, we will continue to talk about them just as long as they stay in the spotlight and demand our attention, which they clearly did with this collaboration.
Concerning support, rumors are also rampant that Jay-Z wasn't pleased with the collaboration according to Radaronline:
Jay was absolutely disgusted by what Chris did to Rihanna. Jay doesn't understand how a man could ever lay hands on a woman; it just goes against who he is and about. Chris is absolutely dead to Jay, he wants nothing to do with him ever. Now that Rihanna is hooking up with Chris and recording songs with him, Jay is deeply disappointed in her actions. He can't fathom why Rihanna is doing the things she is doing. He understands the need for forgiveness, but he is adamant that Rihanna shouldn't forget what Chris did to her. Jay wonders what kind of message this is sending to Rihanna's young female fans. Rihanna knows how Jay feels about Chris, but she doesn't care, she is going to do what she wants," a source close to the situation tells us.
I'm not pleased as well, in all honesty, I'm surprise she took so long in doing this. Some women who previously suffered from domestic violence by a spouse tend to go back. Calling Rihanna stupid is actually not an educated response, if one knew or study domestic violence this is what victims tend to do. If I were Rihanna, no matter how many units I could have pushed, a collaboration would have been out of the question. Brown would have been faded to black like all domestic violence attackers should be. I would never say Brown shouldn't be forgiven, but one should never forget – therefore I would never place myself in a situation again to be possibly abused. But I’m not Rihanna, she is a grown woman who has made the decision and allow Brown back in her life in some capacity, whether we support it or not.
Now lets discuss the Team Breezy fans on Twitter. Here, are some statements that were made that makes you scratch your head and cringe at the same time:
Rihanna used to beat on him too. Dude finally snapped. Everybody wanna act like she ain't got a temper now.
But he didn't beat you. if she can forgive him...once again, why can't you? he was a first time offender...he's human.
He made a mistake and yes he was wrong. But everyone has made mistakes.-
They were both young kids & foolish why can't they move forward without resenting one another? -
Folks may have their own opinion, but some of these extremist Team Breezy comments are totally incomprehensible. I often wonder if their baby sister, niece, or daughter were to tell them their boyfriend just beat them up, what would they do. Would they say, "aww you know he just made a mistake, now go back to him". "Go ahead, run along now". It is sad, and downright disturbing to read. Then you have individuals who have been outspoken against domestic abuse added some of their own tweets:
I nearly lost my life behind somebody like him. Sorry, I ain't down with it. Good night.-
What kills me, is that it's mostly women defending him. Do they not value themselves or other women around them?
I find it all sad. It reaffirms the pernicious excuse of "boys will be boys" & that girls should expect it & forgive.
Punching someone in the face repeatedly, choking them, biting them and threatening to kill them is NOT a mistake
Evaluating Chris Brown you can tell that his volatile temper has not gotten any better since his last public outburst on Good Morning American. One can also analyze his nasty outbursts towards fans on Twitter as well, especially after he won a Grammy. Also, the recent news of Brown allegedly snatching an IPhone out of a fans hands after they took a picture of him, while stating the following "B****, you ain’t going to put that on no website." If this is true, we have to wonder has Brown learned anything at all? This solidifies my claim if they are back together in a romantic way whether they will confirm it or not it will be a combustible relationship, sooner than later.
Some folks are also complaining that Rihanna didn't ask to be a role model, so if she wants to collaborate with the man that inflicted physical violence on her, that is her prerogative. Well, after songs like "Man Down", and "Rude Boy", and the video for "You Da One", where I lost count how many times she grabbed her crotch should be a clue that she isn't trying to be anyone's role model. Either way, whether celebrities like it or not, fans look up to them, and in Rihanna's case young fans. The message she is sending, whether she means to or not is to go back to an abusive spouse, whether it is for business or pleasure.
I'm glad that I have an impact on my young nieces lives to tell them that they should never take anyone that is abusive to them back whether physically or mentally. A lot of young people do, in fact, look up to Rihanna and may use this as a tool to take back their abusive spouse. But parents need to raise their children and not allow a celebrity to have that much power over them. Parents should use this collaboration between these two celebrities as a guide on what not to do, if their child were a victim of domestic violence.
I just hope Rihanna knows what she is doing and not find herself in a situation again where she is placed in danger. I’m not buying the fact that Brown is fully rehabilitated, because of the incidents I mentioned previously. It is actually getting harder and harder to try to like Chris Brown. Believe me, I have tried and even gave him kudos for having a great 2011 in terms of music. The cockiness and the fact he always seem to target his hostility toward women, I can not get with. When it comes to a man he will only flex his muscles, via tweets against someone like CM Punk. I guess hiding behind a screen to talk trash is what women beaters are known for. This is why I’m concerned for Rihanna, but again it is her choice, hopefully it isn’t a decision she will emphatically regret.
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