Ally: Remember when I was on the Rihanna train defending (in fact “gushing” over) outfits like this one:
You’ll be happy to know I’m over it. Why you ask?
To be honest, my distaste for Rihanna wasn’t over the exposure of her lady lumps, but rather her recent collaboration with ex Chris Brown. First off, the collab is crap, and not even the crap I can get behind. A song asking someone to eat your “cake” is even outside my ridiculous musical tastings, and I have been listening to Britney Spears’ song “3” on repeat for the past two days. What does that tell you, Rihanna? FAIL.
A few weeks back when I bashed Chris Brown on my FB page, I was questioned by a friend of mine asking why Brown didn’t deserve forgiveness and the ability to get on with this career. Look, it’s not as if I believe that everyone who commits a crime should be locked up and have the key thrown away. I do believe in forgiveness when it is justified. While I don’t know Brown personally (nor care to), I don’t really feel his public actions have warranted my forgiveness in the form of placing “Forever” back on my iPod. For the record, that’s a shame, because I effing loved that song.
I don’t want to get too deep into the topic of the Chris Brown/Rihanna abuse on this blog. To sum, I think recording two songs with Brown was a horrible example to her many fans, the majority of whom are teenage girls. You could say that Rihanna does not have to be held as a role model, but two years ago she willingly appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer acknowledging the impact her fame has on others. When Diane Sawyer mentions that women are often abused up to seven times before they leave, Rihanna responds, “Eight to ten actually, and I don’t want that to happen. That’s not what I want to teach people.” She went further and said, “I didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls’ lives.”
“I fell in love with that person. That’s embarrassing.That’s embarrassing that that’s the type of person that I fell in love with.”
No, Rihanna, I don’t think that’s embarrassing. I think we’ve all made questionable choices that we shouldn’t be held accountable for. What I think is embarrassing is your recent behaviour.
This is all quite sad as I was truly digging the stripper-fabulous style she was bringing. Not that I’d wear it myself, but I was gleefully clapping from the sidelines as she stepped out in cray-tastic costumes (kind of like when you are in your early twenties drinking cheap beer with your best girls when you convince the drunkest one – usually me – that the tube top TOTALLY looks amazing with those capri jeans from Garage).
Now, as many of you know I’m going through a hip-hop phase right now which may or may not be an early mid-life crisis at age 33. I’m currently enjoying Yelawolf (I can hear Intern Krista now, “WHO IS YELAWOLF????”), a rapper out of Alabama who is also the boyfriend of Fefe Dobson. Need proof?
All this to say that I quite enjoy Fefe. Out of all the songs 101.3 THE BOUNCE plays, this has to be one of the best…
Looking at some photos, it does appear that Fefe should get the credit for influencing RiRi’s style evolution (maybe not the recent 80’s Rock Groupie movement).
EXHIBIT A: The Tattoo
EXHIBIT B: You’re a Rock Star now?
Fefe and Rihanna were both previously signed to Def Jam records (Fefe has since left). When Rihanna started out, these were the videos she was pushing.
And then we have this:
I don’t know Rihanna, didn’t Fefe do this in 2005?
EXHIBIT C: The Hair
For her part, Fefe says:
I mean, for sure I question that, but who wouldn’t. She is supposedly a fan of mine. I try to take it as a compliment. It gets a little much when she starts getting the same tattoos as me but overall I just want people to separate the image and listen to the music. It’s about the music. Its like Prince and Michael Jackson, totally different artists. Or its like Kanye West and Jay-Z. So what? They are both black men, they sound different. So they both wear jeans, they are different.