Monday, November 9, 2009

The Rihanna Effect: Women Stand Up or Sit Down For Each Other?

This weekend, pop star Rihanna had her first interview since the infamous incident with her ex-boyfriend and hip-hop star Chris Brown. We've blogged about this before here and here.

What was notable about this interview, in addition to the fact that Rihanna spoke out for the first time about the details of what happened that night, is that she stated that she realized that her initial decision to return to Chris Brown after the incident sent the wrong message to millions of women across the country and around the world. Fortunately for Rihanna, this was a decision that she quickly corrected by ending her relationship with Brown shortly after the incident occurred (as discussed in video Part 4 below), but for so many other women out there, this proves to be a decision easier said than done.

Nevertheless, now that it is all said and done between the couple, what is most troubling about this incident are the multitudes of women, particularly within the black community, who are calling or writing in to talk shows and magazines to speak out against Rihanna. And no that's not a typo, I said against Rihanna.

This morning on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, a representative from Essence magazine told a rather stunned and aggravated Steve and the morning crew that female after female after female, ranging from young to old in age, had written in to place the blame on Rihanna for "provoking Chris Brown" in some way. Similarly, on the Ed Lover morning show, many female callers lit up the phone lines to voice the same sentiment - that they didn't believe Rihanna's interview and that somehow this is Rihanna's fault.

I pose the same question that was posed by more than one talk show or radio show this morning: Ladies, why are you not standing up in greater numbers for Rihanna and women like Rihanna when it comes to domestic violence situations like these?

See the Diana Sawyer interview below:






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