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CBS Drops Rihanna: A Victim of Domestic Violence

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A midst a whirl wind of fire the NFL has recently come under pertaining to the Ray Rice domestic violence tape, CBS makes the decision to drop  Rihanna’s song  from the NFL Thursday night intro. She is a victim of domestic abuse.

NEW YORK — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL.

The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna’s voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.

A portion of Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday’s Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game because CBS was covering the controversy over Ravens running back Rice’s assault of his then-fiancee. CBS planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? … Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.” She added an expletive.

CBS issued a statement saying that it was “moving in a different direction” with different theme music.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Company, which manages Rihanna and others, said that it had made the decision not to grant the song’s usage. Roc Nation said it felt CBS misled the public when it announced the song’s use for its telecasts, giving the impression Rihanna recorded specific music for the project. The company said it never saw or approved the news release issued by CBS.

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It is my opinion that CBS indeed made the decision to pull Rihanna’s song because she was a victim of domestic abuse by the hands of her boyfriend Chris Brown. This is a sad, pathetic and insulting move not only to Rihanna, but all domestic violence victims every where. I understand that CBS wants to put the Ray Rice issue behind them, because they want to make money but this also shows CBS’s moral character. This IS sexual discrimination. CBS then tries to mislead the public and pass the blame onto Jay-Z’s company over release issues, which I am not buying what they are selling! I don’t buy for a minute that CBS, a company that has been around a long time would make such an amateur move as to announce and schedule a song to be used on CBS’s most watched nights, and not get proper permission for usage. Even Rihanna’s tweet is evidence of this, if CBS planned to use this song and did not receive proper rights, Rihanna’s tweet reaction would have been quite different, common sense suggests this. CBS who can’t handle one profane word thrown at them when they really deserved it tries to act on a false moral high ground when they themselves are attempting to silence the voices of domestic violence. I am sad that Rihanna has to suffer this deliberate abuse for CBS, but I am thankful for her exposing the shills at CBS.


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About Cynthia Schnepp (905 Articles)
YouTube Personality 'ShantiUniverse', Chief Editor & Columnist of From San Antonio Texas has lived in New York, England, and Las Vegas.