Is Rihanna Glorifying, Romanticizing, or Doing Good?
Recently Rihanna has been blowing up headlines concerning the issue domestic violence. In early 2009 the pop star became a media craze when Chris Brown had beaten her badly. After this incident Rihanna ended up returning to her abusive partner. Realizing this was wrong and scared of the example she was setting on the youth she went public with her story.
Rihanna has been since criticized by many for several different reasons. She has been criticized for responding to her abuse by releasing a “darker” album, becoming more sexual, and having a violent edge towards her. Many have criticized her by saying she is teaching women to become violent after a domestic violence experience. She also has been criticized for her part in Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” song and video.
The video is criticized for glorifying and romanticizing an abusive relationship. The song/video obviously being about an abusive relationship involves two singers who have been involved in abusive relationships. The video also involves to attractive movie/TV stars that have many steamy scenes which could romanticize the relationship to some. Many are saying the song is giving evidence that true love hurts and also that it portrays woman in the relationship is asking for abuse through her own behavior. The second perspective is that it is a story of which both partners are both to blame. In this approach Eminem isn’t glorifying abusive relationships; he’s portraying the agony of a love-hate relationship neither partner can fix.
Even though there are many critics of Rihanna and her response to her own abuse experience and to the song and video, I believe she is doing a good job raising awareness, but can also understand her critics.