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Rihanna and Chris Brown team up for a new song and everyone feels uneasy about it

It seems confusing that Rihanna would collaborate with the man who beat the crap out of her, but then again, they let Chris Brown performance twice at the Grammy Award ceremony so who knows what is going on? The new track is titled "Birthday Cake" and it involves sexualized themes of food, licking icing, "put a candle on my mother fucking back" and all that business. Chris Brown's opening line? "Girl, I wanna fuck you right now/Been a long time, I've been missing your body." Alright, dude. He goes on to also sputter this mid-song, "Give it to her in the worst way."

Minus the fact that the chorus is simply the word "cake" repeated and it is amazingly catchy like a chewing gum jingle, this song is an interesting controversy. Why is Rihanna working with Chris Brown? Why have they been tweeting to one another? Why is she talking to that guy? Why is their personal relationship our business? Well, unfortunately it becomes public business when a photo of Rihanna beat black and blue goes viral. It becomes public business when MTV leaks the official police report of the abuse between the two superstars. It becomes public business when it becomes public business. It becomes public business because of fame. As Zerlina at Feministing pointed out:

"It wouldn’t be surprising if Rihanna got back together with Chris Brown. Most women return to their abusers, repeatedly. What’s wrong with this scenario is that it is so public and has so many young impressionable eyes watching and unfortunately taking note... It’s bigger than Chris Brown. It’s bigger than this one couple. We continually fail to properly address this issue and as a result young people are getting all the wrong messages. Let’s hope that even if Chris Brown and Rihanna do get back together we will speak up and make it clear that violence against women is unacceptable and it doesn’t matter how many remixes Chris Brown and Rihanna decide to make together."

Celebrity relationships are always magnified for the public's enjoyment, but what happens when domestic violence is involved instead of a mere baby bump? Is it Rihanna's responsibility to herself and to her fans to set an example? What do you think of this collaboration?

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