The Ray Rice domestic violence scandal worked its way into the music scene. CBSannounced last week that they would permanently pull Rihanna and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” from their Thursday night pre-game coverage.
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL after a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancé/now-wife Janay Rice surfaced. Though Rice was initially suspended for two games under the direction of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Goodell later extended his punishment to the vague “indefinite” suspension from the organization.
Rihanna’s own battle with domestic violence can be traced to 2009 when she was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, who was sentenced to five years probation. The two had a very public split, but have since recorded together, been seen together, and may have been romantically involved.
“It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
As “Bad Girl RiRi” usually does, Rihanna took to Twitter to voice her take on CBS pulling her song.
While Rihanna is a well-known victim of domestic violence, there is a debate on whether she is the best face of anti-domestic violence, given her on-again-off-again relationship with her “first love”.
Some support CBS’s decision to pull the song…
… others are #TeamRiRi.
However, there have since been reports of Rihanna’s label, Roc Nation, pulling her song from the TNT intro. It is unknown at this time who made the ultimate decision.
Do you think CBS pulling Rihanna’s song from their Thursday night coverage opposes domestic violence or opposes domestic violence victims?