One of the reasons fans love you so much is because you’ll do whatever the hell you want. You’ll wear your denim shirt hanging out the bottom of your denim shorts. You won’t starve yourself or apologize for having a womanly body instead of a frail one. You will shave part of your head and become an overnight hair sensation for precisely the one hundred billionth time. You will unabashedly sing a song called “S&M,” and wear nipple pasties instead of an actual shirt. The “New Yorker” even recently defended what many write off as your manufactured persona, saying that of all our pop stars today, “nobody delivers that [swagger]” — the personality behind a song — “better than Rihanna.”
Rihanna at Tokyo’s “Battleship” premiere yesterday.
How amazing-slash-weird (your particular sartorial specialty) you looked at Tokyo’s “Battleship” premiere last night, or your acting debut in that movie, probably won’t be one of the big stories about you on the Internet today, sadly. Page Six’s report that you refuse to abide by your management team’s decision to ban you from reuniting with Chris Brown is likely to take up a lot of blog posts. A source told them, “Rihanna is rebelling. She says they have been working her too hard and she wants some time to herself. They fear she’ll secretly record an album with Brown, just to defy them.”
No, Riri! Yes, that quote might not be true since it’s in the gossip pages but we do know you recorded a duet with Chris Brown, and that you defended that choice. Your fans are rooting for you — for your acting, for your hair styles, for your red carpet pajamas, for YOU as a whole. And we hate that the idea that you might be using a terrible ex-boyfriend as your latest method of rebellion. As Madonna has shown us over the past three decades, there are so many other ways to rebel. You don’t have to necessarily stop at bizarre clothing and sexually-charged songs and look for another way. Your fans look up to you and whether you asked for it or not, when you pursued a career in this business, you set yourself up to become a role model. And it’s hard enough for young women to find good ones these days.