THG Asks: Is Rihanna a Bad Role Model?

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Rihanna a bad role model?

YES by Hilton Hater

Rihanna can't pick and choose when to be a role model.

After Chris Brown savagely beat her face in, the singer spoke out about being a victim. She tried to let other women know that violence can happen to anyone, even an A-lister.

It was an admirable effort to serve as someone to whom battered females can relate. But now, with the PTC criticizing her "Man Down" video, she doesn't want the burden.

She's hiding behind the nonsense that celebrities have spewed for years, dating back to Charles Barkley's 1993 Nike commercial.

Should famous people be role models simply because they are good singers, actors or athletes? Of course not. But are they? Without a doubt.

Yes, parents bear the responsibility to teach children right from wrong. But, as Rihanna herself Tweeted, we're living in the REAL WORLD. In that world, whether she likes it or not, a top-selling recording artist absolutely is looked up to by millions.

Why not embrace that role and make the most of it?

No You Di'nt

NO by Free Britney

Rihanna is right in that she should not be considered a role model at all, but even if you label all celebs role models by default, you could do worse.

A singer whose lyrics and videos can be violent, provocative or suggestive at times? Sounds like ... nearly every rock star in the past half century.

We're really going to single out Rihanna? Countless stars - many of them critically beloved - are far more suspect in their art and personal lives.

More importantly, looking up to any singer as a role model is absurd. She's an individual who entertains with her art, which can be controversial.

A well-rounded, well-raised youngster will be able to keep their core values intact while still being entertained by Rihanna and her counterparts.

The PTC chastising her is nonsensical. Artists are free to perform as they choose in our society, and society is free to embrace or reject them.

Expecting every singer, actor or athlete to behave perfectly at all times, rather than trusting parents to take responsibility or young adults to respect the boundaries between art and life? That is the wrong message to send.

THG Asks you ... is Rihanna a bad role model?

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Rihanna Biography

Rihanna in England
Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.