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In a piece for Ebony.com, author Michael Arceneaux says that society is being too hard on Rihanna and other women who love to do their thing in the bedroom. He challenges notions of sexuality and whether or not its fair for women to be judged for giving it up in an indiscriminate fashion.
Last week, the R&B star tweeted the track and immediately after he did many suspected that he took thinly veiled shots at his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, whom he notoriously beat in 2009. The lyrics in question are: “Don’t f–k with my old bitch, it’s like a bad fur/ Every industry n—- done had her/ Shook the tree like a pumpkin just to smash her/ B*tch is breaking codes, but I’m the password.”
Mind you, this is coming from the person with chastity-belt bangers like “Strip” currently blanketing radio…who also beat Rihanna brutally just three years ago. THIS PERSON feels he can make a reasoned judgment about her sexual behavior.
After the song was posted, some noticed that he was unfollowed by Rihanna, who tweeted indirectly “Aw, poor dat #neaux1currr.” In response, Chris wrote via Twitter, “Assumptions! I didn’t say any names so if u took offense to it then its something you feel guilty about.”
Reverse psychology: everything ain’t for everybody.
As much as I’d like to escape these two and the remnants of their relationship, their collective knack for spectacle makes them unavoidable to anyone who makes a living around writing about pop culture. If nothing else, this latest instance allows me to point out an increasingly annoying criticism made about Rihanna that reeks of a double standard. Chris Brown may not be beating Rihanna anymore, but if this is true – and it doesn’t require a great leap to conclude so based on the indirect back-and-forth – he is still very much trying to hurt her only in the way of slut-shaming.