Another day, another Rihanna criticism.
Indeed, just days after Annie Lennox suggested the model wasn’t doing enough to speak out against domestic violence, today saw Brit Pop Royal Will Young weigh in on her and oft polarizing cause.
His comments below….
Speaking to OMG, he explained:
I don’t think Rihanna is a massively great role model for women, her lyrics aren’t empowering. She’s a brilliant pop star and recording artist but her lyrics are not empowering – young girls have to listen to those lyrics.
I saw her kissing a girl in one of her videos [‘S&M’] and I thought who is this for? If you’re going to do it just go the whole way like Madonna did and have sex on a bed.
Image wise Lady Gaga and Adele are more empowering. I’m more interested in women like Annie Lennox or Grace Jones, people who have challenged the female form who have owned it and brought it forward
Women in a patriarchal society should be empowering and owning their bodies, I don’t think Rihanna is. I feel quite strongly about this.
Here’s the thing:
Though Young’s remarks are nothing short of gospel, he- like Jay Z before him- expects too much from Rihanna.
Because, if she barely shows interest in perfecting the very craft she claims to enjoy, what makes him think she’s interested in being anybody’s freedom fighter.
For, as recent events have shown, Fenty is oblivious to the influence she has on her fans and wider Pop culture. This, we’d say- is the reason her writers see nothing wrong with aiming R-rated lyrics at her pre-teen audience. They really don’t care.
On the flip side, it is sexist to label any woman who openly talks about enjoying sex ‘degrading’, but seeing as sex is the only thing Rihanna is interested in talking about these says, we see Will’s point.
So what do you think?