Fans are furious after CBS pulled a Rihanna song from the pregame show for its Sept. 11 ‘Thursday Night Football’ broadcast of the Ravens-Steelers game, in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal. See what RiRi’s fans tweeted.
Poor Rihanna! After CBS dropped her song from tonight’s Ravens-Steelers pregame show in lieu of airing commentary about the Ray Rice scandal, fans are taking to Twitter to accuse the network of punishing Rihanna, 26, for being a victim of domestic abuse in the past, at the hands of her ex Chris Brown, 25.
Rihanna’s Song At Pregame: Pulled After Ray Rice Scandal — Fans Furious
The NFL is still reeling after a shocking video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray, 27, viciously attacking his then-fiancee and now wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator. Ray was expelled from the team on Sept. 8, shortly after the video was made public, but the league has faced major backlash for failing to take harsher action against Ray in the first place. (They initially suspended him for just two games, claiming they had not seen the video.)
Perhaps that’s why CBS decided to ax its opening act for Thursday Night Football, which originally featured Rihanna — who was also infamously embroiled in a very public domestic abuse case in 2009 — singing a new version of her hit song “Run This Town.”
The singer’s fans were outraged by the decision, taking to Twitter to blast both CBS and the NFL. Here’s what some of them had to say:
So let me get this right. So the NFL decides to not let a domestic violence victim (Rihanna) perform because they are having a DV scandal?!
— YOURBOYEDDIE (@yourboyeddie) September 12, 2014
I’m still pissed off about the whole Rihanna song situation. Really CBS?! Punishing the victim once again. It’s like no one is learning — ✨party✨ (@warriorxjamie) September 12, 2014
So, @CBS has decided to re-victimize Rihanna and punish her, yet still show support to NFL and Goodell?
— Dustin Allen (@dusteallen) September 11, 2014
So Rihanna (a victim) gets dropped from CBS’ #TNF but Ben Roethlisberger (serial abuser) gets to play … okay then.
— Jim Early (@mkearley2008) September 12, 2014
Pulling Rihanna from the pre-game show feels like another misguided move. Running from the issue, punishing a victim… just weak.
— justin kanew (@justin_kanew) September 11, 2014
Reducing Rihanna to being just a victim and pulling her song off the broadcast shows that the NFL and networks support women how exactly?
— Jenallday (@jenallday) September 11, 2014
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) September 12, 2014
Ray Rice jerseys everywhere, Big Ben at QB, Ray Lewis is doing analyst, and Rihanna (a domestic abuse victim) was supposed to sing. #NFL
— Jarrett Sutton (@JarrettTSutton) September 11, 2014
CBS Sports: We Need To Set The ‘Appropriate Tone’ After Ray Rice Scandal
A CBS Sports spokeswoman explained the reason behind the last-minute decision to pull Rihanna’s song, telling our sister site Variety, “CBS changed the tone and format of the show to dedicate more time to covering the Ray Rice story.”
“It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus told Sports Illustrated on Sept. 11.
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” Sean added. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think CBS was wrong to pull Rihanna’s song from its Thursday Night Football pregame show? Let us know.
— Tierney McAfee