Rude Boys: Stop Slut-Shaming Rihanna

Chris Brown, Drake and others have taunted the singer Rihanna over her alleged sexual escapades. Michael Arceneaux explains why they need to stop.


"TO “SLUT SHAME” IS TO PERPETUATE THE IDEA THAT SEX IS DIRTY, AND IN PARTICULAR, DIRTY AND DANGEROUS FOR A WOMAN."



RUDE BOYS: Stop Slut Shaming Rihanna


CHRIS BROWN, DRAKE AND OTHERS HAVE TAUNTED THE SINGER ABOUT HER ALLEGED SEXUAL ESCAPADES. MICHAEL ARCENEAUX EXPLAINS WHY THEY NEED TO STOP

Chris Brown may have a smile that makes a Colgate exec melt and dance like Michael Jackson’s ghost is his choreographer, but if the lyrics to the recently released freestyle to Kanye West’s “Theraflu” are indeed about Rihanna, there’s a jerk factor still lingering there that needs immediate fixing.
Last week, the R&B star tweeted the track and immediately after he did many suspected that he took thinly veiled shots at his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, whom he notoriously beat in 2009. The lyrics in question are: "Don't f--k with my old bitch, it's like a bad fur/ Every industry n---- done had her/ Shook the tree like a pumpkin just to smash her/ B*tch is breaking codes, but I'm the password."
Mind you, this is coming from the person with chastity-belt bangers like “Strip” currently blanketing radio...who also beat Rihanna brutally just three years ago. THIS PERSON feels he can make a reasoned judgment about her sexual behavior.
After the song was posted, some noticed that he was unfollowed by Rihanna, who tweeted indirectly “Aw, poor dat #neaux1currr.” In response, Chris wrote via Twitter, "Assumptions! I didn't say any names so if u took offense to it then its something you feel guilty about."


Reverse psychology: everything ain’t for everybody.
As much as I’d like to escape these two and the remnants of their relationship, their collective knack for spectacle makes them unavoidable to anyone who makes a living around writing about pop culture. If nothing else, this latest instance allows me to point out an increasingly annoying criticism made about Rihanna that reeks of a double standard. Chris Brown may not be beating Rihanna anymore, but if this is true – and it doesn’t require a great leap to conclude so based on the indirect back-and-forth – he is still very much trying to hurt her only in the way of slut-shaming.
Though it’s harder to peg, Drake was suspected of also trying to soil Rihanna’s reputation by alleging that she sleeps around in the 2 Chainz track, “No Lie.”
Drake raps: “She came through, she brought food / She got f—ed, she knew wassup / She think I’m the realest out / And I say ‘Damn, that makes two of us’ / Oh that look like what’s her name / Chances are it is what’s her name / Chances are, if she was acting up / Then I f—ed her once and never f—ed again / She could have a Grammy, I still treat that a- like a nominee / Just need to know what that p—- like so one time, it’s fine with me.”

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