Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’
She does have a point as it looked like the NFL canceled her appearance last Thursday because she was a past victim of domestic who had reconciled with her abuser:
CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 16, 2014
FWIW, the NFL said that she was cancelled not because of her past history, but because of the overall “tone” of the broadcast:
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com last week of the decision to bump Rihanna’s intro, among other features. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
Now the “tone” has changed an it’s okay for her show? The fact is that Rihanna and her abuser, Chris Brown, are a known “on-again off-again couple.” The NFL is in a bind because there’s no way to decouple Rihanna’s abuse with the forgiveness of her abuser, but the NFL also doesn’t want to take into consideration Ray Rice’s wife’s forgiveness as it decides on his punishment.
And even worse for the NFL, they now look stupider than before for asking Rihanna to perform again only to get f-bombed for their outreach.