Rihanna Beaten Up Again (by NFL and... Debbie Harry?)


“Singer” Rihanna is having a crap week:

There’s more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL – CBS and Rihanna are splitting up.

The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna’s voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts – after the singer issued a profane Tweet about it.

CBS issued a statement saying that it was “moving in a different direction” with different theme music.

The song was one of a handful of elements CBS cut out of its inaugural Thursday night football telecast. At the time, CBS Sports president Sean McManus said Rihanna’s own history as a victim of domestic violence was one part of the decision but not the overriding one.

Had the NFL kept the song in rotation, they’d have been torn apart on Twitter and elsewhere for “bad optics.”

(There’s a “broken occipital bone” joke in there somewhere…)

The league is currently in full hair-shirting mode, pantomiming “outrage” and “concern.”

It doesn’t need another black eye these days.

But of course, some will now scream that the NFL is “punishing the victim” by “silencing a battered woman’s voice” or something. (See below.)


Meanwhile, actual singer Debbie Harry of Blondie dissed Rihanna in a spiel that put down divas while promoting the D.I.Y. spirit of the punk world Harry was formed in.

But the slap was so subtle, I don’t think many people felt it, let alone Rihanna herself.

At least, I haven’t detected any faux “outrage” directed at Harry from the usual concern trolls.

“You’re talking about a totally different level of being part of the industry,” Debbie explained to British newspaper Metro about how she handles gigs compared to contemporary stars. “I don’t travel with six bodyguards. I don’t have an assistant. I don’t have hair and make-up people. We’re a do-it-yourself operation. We’re very home-grown and very tight. It’s totally different.

“I don’t have a bunch of side men and a music director someone has hired and teaches them the songs, and then five hours later I walk on stage and sing them. It’s a totally different thing.”

Comparing her entourage to Rihanna’s, Debbie revealed she actually prefers to handle her own luggage over someone else being responsible for it.

“[Rihanna’s] a stumbler, she falls a lot.”

Ha! Get it? “It’s nothing — I just walked into a door” and all that.

To the best of my knowledge, nobody ever beat up Debbie Harry, and if they had, I don’t think she’d get back together with the guy and get a tattoo commemorating the crime.

Anyhow, I guess all this means that the Black Eyed Peas won’t be playing the Super Bowl half-time show again for the near future.

And thank God for that, huh?