Last week, CBS postposed airing Jay-Z
's "Run This Town," which was supposed to play during a Thursday Night Football game featuring the Baltimore Ravens. After a video surfaced showing former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiancee, CBS decided that airing the song would be insensitive, given Rihanna's turbulent history with domestic abuse.
Shows what they know, because RiRi was pissed
. So, like all mature, level-headed adults, she took to Twitter, writing "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you!" and later, simply "The audacity...".
Sure, social media may not have been the best way to address this issue. Nevertheless, it's hard to blame the Barbadian bombshell for being frustrated. Chris Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats against her five years ago, and it's been hard for either artist to move past the incident ever since. Certainly, Brown (and now Rice) will always be associated with their domestic abuse charges, but isn't it time we let Rihanna move on with her life?
She is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, the most-streamed artist of all time on Spotify, and she founded the BELIEVE Foundation, which provides support to terminally ill children. Yet, when CBS thinks 'Rihanna,' they think of her as a victim, not a success story. "Run This Town" is about winning and not letting others control or define you, which is, in a way, what CBS is doing to Rihanna. Maybe it's time we let RiRi take care of herself.