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Bozell: Exploiting Domestic Violence?

By Brent Bozell

In 2009, the pop star Rihanna told ABC anchor Diane Sawyer she finally broke it off with her violent pop-star boyfriend, Chris Brown. For the children, of course.

"When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible."

She added, "I just didn't realize how much of an impact I had on these girls' lives until that happened. It was a big wake-up call for me."

On Sunday night's ABC broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards, the show began with the spectacle of Rihanna writhing around the stage floor dressed like a dominatrix in white leather. Coming up from the floor were grabby gloved male hands circling between her legs. Then came the sexually explicit song. It's called "S&M." It looks like Rihanna's gone back into a long sleep when it comes to the children.

The Billboard Music Awards are watched by millions upon millions of impressionable youngsters. So before the little ones headed off to sleep, parents nationwide had the educational opportunity of explaining what "S&M" stands for. Perhaps they could also answer why this woman was singing, "Now the pain is my pleasure 'cause nothing could measure" and "The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more."

"I Have Such an Impact on Young Girls" Rihanna repeatedly sang the chorus "Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it / Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me."

Later in the song, Rihanna was joined by the ridiculous Britney Spears in a black leather outfit and a matching mask with bunny ears. As they each sang about "sex in the air," they circled around stripper poles, and Rihanna kissed Spears. Then they concluded the song with a pillow fight. See? Sadism and masochism are really harmless, painless child's play. This ending was probably ABC's signal to critics to lighten up.

This is not the first time the Billboard Music Awards have caused controversy. In 2002, when the show was on Fox, Cher used the F-word. The next year, Fox "reality" star Nicole Richie deliberately dropped several unbleeped "fleeting expletives." Both were central to a long court fight where the networks fought for the right to broadcast expletives on TV at any time of day.

But on this show, the explicit adult content wasn't fleeting or unplanned, as executives dishonestly argued in the past. The Disney people wanted a saucy start early in prime time on a Sunday night, and the advertisers got in line to support it -- everyone from McDonald's to Chevrolet to Old Navy.

This is what you do when you're out of talent, folks.

There was one other happy business. Syren Couture put out a press release announcing it made the "elegant but mysterious fetish style mask" Spears wore, and wanted everyone to know they are "the world's premier erotic atelier, renowned for their handcrafted creations of latex rubber and leather."

Is that a nice match for Ronald McDonald, you think?

But this isn't just one bad night. There simply aren't enough people questioning why Rihanna has repeatedly put out a string of please-hurt-me songs over the last two years, two years since she left the violent embrace of Chris Brown, and she still so clearly expresses a desire to be beaten.

Last year, Rihanna also sang in "Rude Boy" that she likes the way "you pull my hair." Big deal, you say? Then try last summer's duet with the rapper Eminem called "Love the Way You Lie." Here Rihanna repeatedly sang, "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that's all right because I like the way it hurts / Just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that's all right because I love the way you lie."

These songs are not a pose -- or it's all part of an long-running publicity stunt to spur bad-girl "buzz." In March, she told Rolling Stone magazine, "I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous. Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned -- you gotta stop, get the whip from the drawer downstairs. I'd rather have him use his hands." She went on to recount for the magazine a wild recent trip to a sex shop in Sydney called the Toolshed, where she left with two full bags of whips, blindfolds and other sex toys.

Whether her affinity for violence is reality or fakery is irrelevant to me. Either way, it's a grotesque violation of her womanhood. And for that, she is given star treatment. For that, she is surrounded by all the trappings of fame and fortune.

What was that about her selfish decision possibly resulting in some young girl getting killed again?

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at


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  1. rwtxyzComment by rwtxyz
    May 27, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I’m speechless. Too bad Rihanna isn’t.

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  2. sisterpetraComment by sisterpetra
    May 27, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    This is beyond sick!  It takes a whole lot of depravity to support these shows. 

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 28, 2011 @ 11:34 am

      Poor Walt Disney must be spinning in his grave to see what his Gay Brother who inherited the Studio has done to corrupt the minds and morals of the children that Walt had previously enlightened. Where Walt portrayed and celebrated the Greatness of America’s past, which gave our children promise of a world of the future, the current Demented Disney Dominatrix’s only attempt to lock the budding minds of our children into the locked spiritual prison of the immediate pleasure of the moment. Their past is gone and so is their future. No wonder our country is backsliding and experiencing no progress. You can thank our Liberal Supreme court for enabling our Society’s worst passions with their Liberal Bias and rulings.

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  3. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    May 27, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Sure makes one wonder if we are entering the biblical end times.  When this kind of stuff has become main stream, we’re cooked.

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  4. CliffystonesComment by Cliffystones
    May 27, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    And I thought the “His and Hers KY” ads were a pain.  I’m no prude myself but this stuff doesn’t belong on broadcast TV, let people who want it go to pay per view.
    And Disney! What’s next?  Mickey and Minnie Mouse in a bondage cartoon?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 28, 2011 @ 11:42 am

      More Like Steamboat Willie backing into Shamu the Wale in San Francisco harbor with his FAIRYboat and infecting him with a social disease that corrupts the body and the mind.

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  5. djdacostaComment by geppetto
    May 27, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    There’s a really simple solution to this. Don’t watch it, don’t listen to it and, if you’re unfortunate enough to be in the position of raising young kids whining about their need to express themselves as individuals while they hungrily adopt every fad of the moment, turn off the damn TV.

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    • iceman44Comment by iceman44
      May 27, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

      Exactly!  If enough people refuse to watch this Garbage, it won’t get on the Air.

      BTW, who the ****is Rihanna???

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 28, 2011 @ 11:45 am

      Rihanna is the latest flavor of the day sexual Piranha.

      She thinks “If she smells like fish she’s an edible dish”

      “But with at Children home, you leave it alone.”

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      May 28, 2011 @ 2:03 pm


      Unfortunately, millions of latch key kids, from the getto to Beverly hills, have no parental supervision, when it comes to which shows they watch on TV, or whom they contact on the internet.

      With regard to the internet, the wrong contacts have resulted in kidnappings, rapes and murders by sexual preditors.

      These garbage TV shows produced by a now depraved Disney studio, Nickelodian and MTV, are preditors of a different kind.  These are the preditors, of the minds of our children.  They fill their heads  with gratuitous sex, violence and depravity.  These actions are then touted and portrayed as  “normal.”

      While this is happening, the producers and participants in this debauchery, are making millions.

      The greatest sin on earth, I believe, is to steal our children’s childhoods, and rob them of any values they might develop.  Planting these cancerous seeds in our youth, will mean our destruction, down the road.

      Huxley’s Brave New World, comes to mind.

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  6. URKiddinMeeComment by URKiddinMee
    May 27, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    You’d think that if they REALLY were serious about “reparations” and all the years of “the white man holdin’ them down,”  that they’d want to stay the hell away from whips, chains and beatings.  Just sayin’

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  7. mirandaComment by miranda
    May 28, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    It is exceedingly alarming the way women are portrayed today in television, movies, music, and videos. The obvious effect of this can be seen everywhere–it’s the obsession that our daughters have with their weight from about 7 or 8 years old (and younger sometimes), it’s the way girls and women dress provocatively to get attention from men (because, after all, that’s what they’re taught that men like, and you men sure as hell don’t seem too eager to disprove that! But why should you? It’s much more fun to take advantage of it and then put women down and degrade them, isn’t it? I wonder why no one ever mentions those things?), it’s the way women are often willing to be sliced open on an operating table in order to have body parts altered to fit the standard of what is attractive….it’s everywhere.

    But you all and Brent, and seemingly everyone else, conservative, liberal, and otherwise, you all conveniently forget to explore the people behind the scenes who are churning this **** out. I’d bet my right arm that its’ MEN. The performers are often limited by contractual obligation to what they can refuse to do. (Not to let them off the hook, but I do want to point out the possibility that it’s not quite as simple as we like to think it is when we’re looking for someone to blame.) What I’ve noticed with dear Brent here is that whether he’s talking about music, tv, a movie, even pornography, there is a troubling trend of nearly always focusing on the women in the business. Why is he letting the men off the hook? Why are all of you? Sure, you can point out that women are adults operating under their own volition, but I still submit to you that we need to hold the men equally responsible.

    And because Mr. Bozell is sadly lacking in his understanding about the issue of dv, I feel that I need to correct him when he says that Rihanna actually wants to be beaten due to her apparent affinity for S&M. I’d rather think this would be quite obvious but from the comments I’ve seen in the blogosphere about the issue, I guess it’s not–but there is a very clear difference between wanting to act out dom/sub fantasies with a partner whom you trust, and being subjected to a violent or sexual assault that you in no way consented to (hence the word ‘assault’).

    It is irresponsible in the extreme for Bozell to suggest that Rihanna is somehow responsible for her abuse or that she liked it.

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      May 30, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

      Excuses, excuses.  Unless a woman is  being threatened with bodily harm to make her do the things Rihanna does the onus is on her.  Rihanna is making a ton of money and has all the celebrity any hound should need so she’ll keep right on doing what she’s doing until no one wants to see her doing it anymore.

      Rihanna doesn’t give a **** about kids.  She cares only about herself, just like all the rest of the “stars”.

      Good post TRUTHTELLER.

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