We know you’ve heard about it by now – Rihanna and Chris Brown chose the occasion of her 24th birthday on Monday to reveal their new quid pro quo collabos with each other – him on her tune ‘Birthday Cake’ and her on his tune ‘Turn Up the Music’.
And they used their closely watched Twitter feeds to let everyone know they don’t care about the inevitable backlash either with Rihanna tweeting: ” “They can say whatever, Ima do wahtever… No pain is forever —– YUP! YOU KNOW THIS.”
Chris tweeted in kind: “Let them be mad!!!!! We make music. Don’t like it, don’t listen! Turn up the music remix is coming soon too! Guess who’s on it?”
Our opinion on this?
It is utter folly.
You know we here at Islandista have lots and lots of love for Rihanna but as a woman-centric site, we have to call a spade a spade.
And before people come blah-blah-blahing at us about forgiveness – please, don’t bother. Save your breath.
People always seem to conveniently forget that forgiveness follows repentance. Even God in heaven doesn’t forgive us our sins unless we repent.
And be honest – has Chris Brown ever seemed genuinely penitent? When? When he was tweeting that he was wrong to have written Disturbia for Rihanna? Or during the three years he let his army of Team Breezy fans berate and denigrate Rihanna in the worst way? Or when he sang the non-too-subtle Deuces? Or best of all – when he stormed off set, threw a chair through the window and stormed outside half-nekkid when Robin Roberts dared ask him a pretty vanilla question about Rihanna? (sidebar: Jennifer Hudson gets asked about her family’s horrific slaughter all the time and deals with it gracefully – just for purposes of comparison.)
He has always come off as sulky and resentful and caught up with the idea of his own victimhood in it all and how much he has been maligned. I mean, his latest album is F.A.M.E. – Forgiving All My Enemies.
So we seriously question Rihanna’s judgement in deciding to collaborate with him. She is not a stupid woman and she knows full well that this will be noticed and commented upon and seen as a signal of something. She has to know that this will be taken up by many of Brown’s defenders/enablers as a cudgel to flay away all criticism of his continuing misogynistic, immature behaviour.
“See, Rihanna did a song with him so why are you still hating on him?”
Because a song cannot wipe away his act nor his subsequent behaviour nor the pass we give too soon to men that commit domestic violence.
We get that Rihanna has no desire to be a standard-bearer or representative for battered women.
But too far east is west and even if she has no desire to stand up for a cause, there is no need to spit in the cause’s face. Which is what this is.
It is poor and it is stupid and I feel slightly sorry for the legions of fans in the Rihanna Navy and Team Breezy who have spent the last 3 years hating the other. What are they going to do now? So it is an insult to many of their fans too.
Epic fail all around.