I really don’t know how to feel about this here petition. I can understand the idea of not making light of domestic abuse victims, and it’s very wrong, but honestly, something about this petition just comes off a bit ridiculous. Must we come for people’s livelihood?
After this week’s extremely intense Twitter row between Teyana Taylor and Rihanna, it seems that folks are trying to hit Taylor’s pockets. A Change.org petition has been put in place asking Adidas to have Taylor fired as the face of some of their shoes. If you weren’t aware, Taylor actually has a deal with Adidas to design two pairs of sneakers for their brand. Her first pair, the Harlem GLC, are said to hold the record for being the fastest selling sneakers in Adidas Originals history. Her second pair, which she debuted on her Instagram, are due out in November, and sneakerheads are already drooling on her page.
So with all that in line, this isn’t a good time for people to start coming for that child’s check. But after posting that picture of her face posted on the body of Mayweather beating up Canelo with Rihanna’s battered face (from the Chris Brown incident) transposed on him, some folks are up in arms. Here’s what the petition says, which was made by one Jan Brown.
Miss Taylor first (before the image above) started sending abusive and offensive tweets/retweets to Rihanna for over a period of 8 hours. This is not about RIHANNA, this is about all the ABUSED WOMEN of the world being MOCKED! IT IS A SHAME that ADIDAS seems to be endorsing @TEYANATAYLOR!
We demand that you do the right thing and terminate her contract and send a strong message to your consumers! Letting one of your sponsors mock a domestic violence victim discourages your female customers from speaking out against their abusers!!!
As of this moment (12:19 p.m.), the petition already has 1, 787 supporters out of the 2,500 they are looking for. Petitions these days (not all, but some) have been instrumental in getting shows like All My Babies Mamas and other forms of foolery taken off the air and put out of business, but will the same happen to Taylor?
Was she wrong for posting the picture? Of course. But I might be one of a very few people who just doesn’t think that a picture she put up for a short while and then took back down after feeling publicly humiliated and disrespected by Rihanna (and her thousands of fans) is worth losing a profitable partnership with Adidas–aka, her job. She’s 22. She’ll make dumb decisions, but should she lose the endorsement because of it? Let us know what you think.
UPDATE: Coincidentally, there is now a Change.org petition for Rihanna to be dropped from MAC for bullying. So I see folks are just doing the absolute most on that site this week…