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?


@candy dntbehating michelle
that's a superficial opinion coming from someone who doesn't have children. being a parent these days is a really tough job. kids can't tell right from wrong and you can't always be there to see what your child is doing, hearing or watching. today's social context in which our kids grow up is a mess and it's impossible for a parent to make sure his child doesn't get influenced by it. a parent can at least help his child discern good from bad and teach the kid how to choose what is healthy for him. reacting against a video like this is good because it means parents still care about the education they give to their children. yes, violence is a part of life but they'll see it in real life, no need for a video to put it out there fr kids to conclude that the solution to it is killing those who attack you, physycally or verbally. so maybe we should think twice before judging a situation.


She is a bad exemple to all of us she can't play a role model I hate her she just wanna prove us that she is the best.


Play victim+ create controversy whenever it's time to sale records and get publicity = Rihanna. Why people are so blinded that they can't see this I will never understand. She really know how to play the media...especially the white media.


I have a problem with Rihanna because she wants to be a role model to kids, and after the incident with Chris Brown, she played the victim, but listen to her song Man Down, and S&M...What kind of role model for kids sings a song in which some of the lyrics say that "whips and chains excite me"? That just makes her look really bad and definitely NOT someone I would want my children looking up to. I personally liked her songs before she went on this "Wild Child" trip. I think she should really reconsider what she writes in her music and lyrics if she wants to be a role model to teenagers and kids everywhere. I personally am not damning her for her choice, but I am choosing not to let my children listen to her latest album because of the content and offensive songs. Hopefully she sees that those are not good songs to let my children listen to.


@Neci rihanna has never played any games and she is always honest and truthful she had went on 20/20 to do an interview with diane sawyer and talked about what happend that night in febuary 2009 and she eas telling her story domestic violence is nothing to be played with ! So who are you to judge rihanna ? You do not know her or what she has gone through so do not blame rihanna for anything she is the voice for all women who cannot speak for themselves because they were to afraid to to speak out about it,how would you like it if someone beat you up and have cameras , popperazzis and have your life displayed on nantional twlevision you would not want that so it is not ri ri 's fault she is doing an awesome job spreading the word about domestic violence so leave her alone .


Okay i see that people should really get a life and stop leetching on Rhianas. Even though her video may hav been provocative and discrasvile to some its not that violence is gonna hurt any one kids are gonna see it where ever they go its a part of life and if u parents cnt deal with it then you shudn hav kids.


I watched the video front start to finish. The video tells a story of how shes living life and having fun and then some butthead comes along and rapes her, so she gets even. End of story. She didnt ask to be raped (in the video).


She never was a role model in the first place, rihanna plays a game by going on 20/20 talking about her abuse and saying that she want to be little girls role model.

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Rihanna Biography

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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.