You guys have no idea how badly I want every word of this post to be written in caps. But I’m trying desperately to keep it classy right now. Or maybe I just want to write the words Oh Hell Nawl, and then copy and paste it a bunch of times. Okay, bear with me y’all: Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl. Okay. Do you guys remember when we first found out about the Rihanna/Chris Brown/Karreuche love triangle and I noted that Rihanna was tweeting “Ain’t nobody bidness….. But mine and my baby!” Well I didn’t want to specualte about that quote (and its relationship to a very specific Bille Holiday song) until I got further confirmation about. And I kinda did… via Rihanna’s tracklist for Unapologetic. There was a song titled Nobodies Business and I was like, okay. That’s the song I wanna hear. The late, great Billie Holiday has a song of the same name with lyrics about staying with a man who hits you, and not reporting it to the police and fun stuff like that. Well, I was right to be interested in the song… and I was wrong. Because, while I thought it might have to do with CB, I didn’t actually think it would be a duet with CB. But it is. Take a listen to the snippet above (before it gets taken down, like the others) and rage with me inside, please.
Let me start this rage-fest by giving a shouts-out to PITNBR HeatherLea, who shared this comment on the post about Rihanna’s tracklist:
I’m over Rihanna, to be honest. Her music doesn’t interest me like it did before, and neither does her personal life. If she chooses to be with douchebag mcgee, then as they say- “let it be.” …
I mean, people will do what they want. And, looking at her recent actions, she seems to be the kind of person who likes being told she “can’t” or “shouldn’t” do something. As if it makes it all the more exciting for her when she does it. That is sometimes a good quality to have, but at other times it’s a very bad one. She knows the world will see and talk about her every move. So, whether she’s just seeking attention/publicity, or she truly feels justified in her choices, it really doesn’t matter because she will do it anyway.
I applauded HeatherLea for her attitude, and I look forward to the day when I can look at things from this perspective. It just makes sense on so many levels. Rihanna wants us to rage. She wants us to see the Billie Holiday connection and freak the freak out. She wants me to write OMFG in the post title. But most of all, I think she wants to be with the person she wants to be with, CB. And if the opinions of friends and family members do not matter (I heard she and Katy Perry are kind of beefing over her decision to be with him), than neither will the opinion of a stranger. I get that. And I get that, as many of her fans are quick to point out, CB could totally be in a relationship with Rihanna and never do what he did again. If you completely forget about the fact that he’s publicly admitted to being in love with both Rihanna and Karreuche (and, basically, cheating on Karreuche) then I guess you could argue that he might make a decent boyfriend… or, at the very least, a non-violent boyfriend.
But it’s hard to see all of this and not think about her young fans and his young fans. Honestly, I haven’t put all my thoughts together on this, but part of me feels like strong reactions to this madness will only feed the beast, and I don’t want to feed the beast! I want to have an open, honest discussion about the public and private sphere of celebrity and whether or not such a distinction even exists. Is it, in fact, nobody’s business but Rihanna and her baby’s? It may be time for another pop culture theory piece, and I’d love to hear some thoughts from you guys. What are we to make of the new Rihanna and CB collaboration?