The Price of Fame: A featured post that takes a look at musicians and the impact that success has on their lives
On Monday, February 20, 2012, after much speculation, Rihanna released a remix to the song Birthday Cake off her Talk That Talk album. . .featuring Chris Brown (at the same time, CB released a remix to the song Turn Up the Music, off his upcoming album Fortune featuring Rihanna).
Sidenote: I don't think CB added anything to Birthday Cake and Rihanna could've released the song without his assistance. However, I do think she added to CB's song. But let's get to the real meat of the situation.
Of course this didn't go without people talking. . .it was even on the 6 o'clock news! Why? Because people automatically go back to the highly publicized aftermath of the physical altercation that occurred between RiRi and CB on the eve of the 2009 Grammys, which left Rihanna severely beaten by the hands of Chris. Rumors have been circulating for a while that they have been seeing each other again and the release of this single just adds more fuel to this fire. People began to talk about whether Rihanna's choice to collaborate with Chris was a good move or not. Most people's opinions about the situation fall under the following scenarios:
The Battered Wife Syndrome
How can we forget when Rihanna broke her silence months after the altercation and sat down with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Diane Sawyer. Rihanna said she decided to speak publicly about what happened so she could be a voice to help other women who may return to an abusive situation. "I will say that to any young girl who is going through domestic violence, don't react off of love. F love." said Rihanna "Come out of the situation and look at it in the third person and for what it really is" (click here to view the interview).
Regardless of her the real motive, to some doing this collabo with Chris seems hypocritical and a step back. It may make the statement that it's okay to go back to your abuser. What message is this sending to the same women RiRi was trying to be the voice for in her interview? She may not think or want to be a role model but she is to many, especially young girls, some of which saw them themselves in those vivid pictures of Rihanna plastered everywhere. Abuse in any form shouldn't be taking lightly so is this a sign that RiRi does take it seriously anymore? Some already think abuse is a damn joke which was sadly evident as many young girls tweeted their willingness to be beaten by Chris after his Grammy performance. Click here to read the disturbing comments.
Forgive, Forget, and Move On
Maybe this is RiRi's way of telling the world that she has forgiven Chris for his violent act and that she's ready to move on and maybe even take him back. Who's to say there is a time limit on forgiveness? Maybe CB has learned from his past mistakes and is a changed man. Isn't it possible for someone to change? Even though Chris latest Twitter rant, after many came down on his lackluster Grammy performance, proves he may have some more growing up to do.
Many are able to separate the personal and professional and just see it has a great musical collaboration and nothing more. As The-Dream, who is the producer of the RiRi track and was in the studio with the two, said, “For me, it’s just music — two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was.” Rihanna may have done the collaboration with CB strictly on the professional tip and somewhat strategic business move. The remix was even released independently and not through her record label (Jay-Z was pissed!)
Regardless of what position you find yourself in, at the end of the day, RiRi is going to do whatever the hell she wants to do in her career and in life. Who are we to judge? Who are we to care? We do because that is the price an artist pays for fame. By default, celebs are susceptible in having their every move scrutinized and judged by the public. It doesn't make it right but people feel invested in their careers and their lives and don't necessarily separate the two or really care.