Because we know you’re totally interested in news about Rihanna: a story flopping around the internet today surrounds Rihanna’s father and how
awesome not-awesome he is.
So, let’s jump in the Danger Room and run a scenario. You’re a father, and your daughter is a well-known singer. Yadda, yadda, yadda, some day, your daughter’s boyfriend (another well-known singer) hits her. Time goes on, ob-vi-ous-ly they break up. In subsequent showings, the ex-boyfriend looks crazier and crazier. I mean, you’re her dad. You want to kill him, right?
Okay, out of the Danger Room.
Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, not only didn’t have qualms about Rihanna possibly getting back together with Chris Brown, but also said that Chris “is a nice guy, and everybody’s entitled to make mistakes in their life.”
Wait, wait, we’re not still in the Danger Room, are we? This can’t be reality. Oh, but it is.
Now, I’m not one to stand up for Rihanna. She’s the one that was beaten by her boyfriend, and then put out a song with the line “sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.” Way to teach young girls that violence (especially sexual violence) is totally exciting, acceptable and invited. Not only did she put out a song that glorifies sexual violence, but re-appropriated a children’s rhyme so even the youngest of kids can remember and repeat it.
What’s worse than that? Her father not vilifying the man that beat his daughter.
Then again, Rihanna told “Good Morning America” that Fenty used to beat Rihanna’s mother, so Fenty clearly wants to enjoy the same forgiveness he’s suggesting for Chris Brown. And while we’re down on Fenty, the NY Daily News also reports that he called her “fat.” In the Annual Father Awards (you know, “The Daddies”), this dude’s going to get Worst Stage Father, hands down.
Rihanna, unfortunately, will forgive both Fenty and Brown, and we’ll all keep buying her music.