“F**k You!” Rihanna Slams CBS For Pulling Her Song From Thursday Night Football Over The Ray Rice Controversy
Last week, CBS aired their first “Thursday Night Football” broadcast and things got off to a bumpy start because of the controversy surrounding Ray Rice. The network had planned to have a narrated opener from actor Don Cheadle, and a taped performance of “Run This Town” from Rihanna. This opener was set to play for the entire 2014 NFL season anytime games were played on the network. However, in an attempt to address the actions of Rice and to set a serious tone while doing so, CBS decided to cut the opener and focus on commentary from sports analysts about domestic violence. And because Rihanna was once a victim of domestic violence (at the hands of Chris Brown back in 2009), they thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to play her performance.
Well, it’s a new week, and though there is still scandal surrounding the league (Rice wants to appeal his indefinite suspension and Adrian Peterson is dealing with child abuse charges), CBS is still hoping to open this Thursday’s broadcast with the taped openers from Cheadle and Rihanna. However, the singer isn’t having it.
She finally decided to address her opener being snatched on Twitter this morning. And though she waited a few days to say anything, she still seems pretty pissed…
Do you think the network was wrong for pulling the opener last week? Would it have been insensitive to air it?
A few years ago the singer spoke in detail to Diane Sawyer about the abuse she faced the night she was attacked by Brown on the way home from a pre-Grammy party.
“All I kept thinking was, ‘When is it going to stop?
At that point, I just didn’t know what could happen. He was clearly blacked out. There was no person when I looked at him. It was almost as if he had nothing to lose. He had so much to lose. But it was almost as if he had nothing to lose. It wasn’t the same person that says I loved you. It definitely wasn’t those eyes.”
In a recent chat with Sway, Brown said that he still seeks therapy twice a week to keep his anger issues in check and that he’s grown a great deal. He encourages Rice to seek the same help.
“To Ray, or anybody else. Because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”