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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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  1. Fuck this shitty song & fuck Chris Brown. I feel for Rhianna (as a woman, or whatever) but being famous doesn’t guarantee emotional strength or actually ANYTHING aside from that person just being famous. She’s either trapped in a cycle of abuse or there’s a little more to her singing about S&M than I thought.

    Also, can someone tell me what is catchy about that song? All it takes to write a million dollar pop hook now is to sample one take of some chick saying the word CAKE and play it over & over & over again with absolutely no melody? AWESOME. Look out for my Grammy winning hit “HOTDOG” in a week or so.

  2. Mish Mish says:

    Hotdog is the new White Lung hit. DON’T TELL ANYONE.


  4. Mish Mish says:

    Of course fame doesn’t bring you strength or anything, that would be some seriously MAGICAL SHIT. I don’t know what happens with fame, except for the fact that the whole world knows your business (or a twisted version of your business spun for entertainment purposes). The Chris Brown and Rihanna thing is weird, sad, uneasy… I don’t know. I do think that what Mychael Denzel Smith said is very interesting in relation to the domestic abuse:

    “It would be incredibly easy to say to ourselves ‘Rihanna has gotten over it. She’s forgiven him. She’s moved on. We should do the same.’ A lot of people have been saying this exact thing for the past three years. That misses the point entirely.

    It’s bigger than Chris Brown because he didn’t invent domestic violence. It’s bigger than Chris Brown because he isn’t responsible for hitting every woman that has ever been a victim of domestic violence. It’s bigger than Chris Brown because he won’t be the one to punch your sister, niece, aunt, mother, grandmother, or daughter.

    No, this isn’t about Chris Brown at all. This is about how at every turn we have failed to have a real conversation about how to prevent this from happening again. We gloss over Brown’s troubles because of his celebrity or talents or relative youth, then dismiss the influence he has over the culture, young girls specifically, because, as we have shown time and again the past three years, we are not prepared to have a dialogue about how to protect little brown girls from violence. But we need to, now more than ever.”

  5. why don’t we BOTH write a song called HOT DOG & film a reality series about the process called THE HOT DOG where we race to see who can write the most successful pop song about a HOT DOG of all time? $$$$$$$$$$$

  6. Mish Mish says:

    I’m getting in the car and driving to Oakland right now. I’ll be bringing 1000 hot dogs for inspiration.

  7. Jess Bloom Jess Bloom says:

    This song makes me feel uncomfortable. Media-wise, it’s working but I’m still not sure what the thought process was. Maybe it’s all a performance art joke…

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