Is The Onion racist and misogynist? Do feminists hate humor? What is satire? … Sigh. This conversation is happening again, spurred by an Onion piece yesterday in which Chris Brown fantasizes about beating Rihanna (or other women; he’s not that picky) to death. More
An unidentified British man is angry at Rihanna for getting back together with Chris Brown. That’s understandable — very few people find the situation fulfilling, considering the fact that Brown is a cocky, violent and disturbed guy. What’s less reasonable is the manner in which our British man chose to express his displeasure: By screaming and hurling a bottled energy drink at Rihanna as she left a London Fashion Week party.
Awards season has long usurped bikini season for least family-friendly celebrity photo buzz, but CBS isn’t having it this year: In advance of the 2013 Grammys Award show, they issued an official dress code instructing performers and attendees to keep themselves covered up–especially if they’re female, or have a social cause they’d like to promote. It’s their party, so they can censor however they want to…but coming from an awards show that allowed Chris Brown to perform (and accept awards on stage in a chest-revealing outfit) on the three-year anniversary of assaulting Rihanna, it’s kind of hard to stomach. More
This Sunday, Oprah Winfrey will share her highly-anticipated interview with Rihanna on OWN. One of the most interesting–and disturbing–highlights of this show includes Ri-Ri talking about Chris Brown (who is apparently back in her life), the abuse she suffered and how she wants all of us to believe he is not the monster everyone made him out to be. Right. More
First the media glorified Rihanna‘s “mystery” weight loss; then, Rihanna glorified Rihanna’s “mystery” weight loss. Now, Rihanna is making the obsession with her weight media-friendly by issuing self-deprecating comments about her body and recent weight loss. The latest comes in the midst of a Harper’s Bazaar interview about her music and love life, which takes the obligatory turn towards her body within just four short paragraphs. The main take-away? That she’s eating a lot, losing weight, and unhappy with her body. Specifically, her ass. More
A photo tweeted last month by Rihanna with her arm hooked up to an I.V. drip has exacerbated reports that Hollywood’s latest health fad is “the party girl drip,” a cocktail of B and C vitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium taken intravenously. But Rihanna is far from the first U.S. celeb to inject vitamins. Here are a few other famous Americans (including a U.S. president) who liked to hit the vitamins C and B-12 a little too hard. More
Rihanna recently dished about her “mysterious” weight loss to Ryan Seacrest, explaining that, although some of her slim-down can be attributed to dieting and working out, she’s currently losing weight despite eating “everything.” Rihanna’s dad takes the cake for worst comments about Rihanna’s body, but the Daily Mail‘s article about it isn’t doing much better: They all but glorify the kind of weight loss that, for most of us, signals a fairly poor state of health. More
Rihanna‘s relationship with her dad, Ronald Fenty, is famously tenuous; given the jaw-droppingly awful interview he gave with Heat magazine, it’s not hard to imagine why. Not only did he say she looked “fat” the last time he saw her, but he also pardoned Chris Brown for beating his daughter in 2009, saying he’d be fine if the two were to rekindle their romance. All I can say is I really hope that she has enough positive influences around her to balance out his incredibly shitty fathering capabilities. More
Everyone from Jay-Z to country singer Miranda Lambert to half the blogosphere has an opinion on what the heck Rihanna is doing collaborating (and possibly more) with her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on two new songs. But why are so few talking about Rihanna and Brown’s family histories of domestic violence? More
Chris Brown and Rihanna collaborated on two song remixes, released yesterday in the midst of heated controversy over Brown’s performances at the Grammys. The songs—her “Birthday Cake” and his “Turn Up the Music”—are sparking suspicions that they’re back together, three years after his arrest for brutally attacking her at a pre-Grammy awards party; Brown also sent a happy birthday message via twitter for Rihanna’s 24th birthday yesterday, stoking the rumors. This could all be an opportunity for Rihanna to inspire fans with forgiveness…but the thing is: Chris Brown never apologized, at least not to us. Publicly, he’s shown little remorse, regret, or evidence of serious recovery. Instead, he’s given critics an “F-you,” making their reunion look more like a car crash than an inspired second chance. More
Rihanna‘s low-cut, high-slit dress at the Grammy’s last weekend left many of us gawking at her body. And rightfully so. The 23-year-old pop star looked terrific. She looks lean and healthy, her arms are toned and she surely has some strong abs and legs too. All of which is great, and we are happy for her. But what we’re not happy about is the way that her trainer makes her enviable body seem too easy to get.
Last night while woman-beater Chris Brown was performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony, Hugh Hefner’s son, Marston Hefner, was arrested for assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Claire Sinclair, at their home in Pasadena. Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Hef received a humanitarian award. More
Us Weekly is reporting that a topless Rihanna has ‘outraged’ Irish farmer Alan Graham. How could anyone be outraged by seeing Rihanna topless? It seems the singer asked Graham if she could use his grain field to shoot a music video, and Graham agreed. But what Rihanna didn’t mention is that she’d be taking off some clothes there, too. When Graham saw the topless star, he told her to ‘cover up’ and asked them all to leave.
Since when did black eyes on women become art? There have been a new batch of stylized add campaigns and fashion photography lately representing women with bruises on their faces. It’s an obvious nod to domestic abuse, and it’s more than a little disturbing.
Considering how difficult it is for women to end the cycle of domestic abuse, celebrities and businesses need to stop sending out mixed messages about bruising women. More