Rihanna has finally spoken out about her song being pulled from ‘Thursday Night Football,’ following the Ray Rice scandal. RiRi is NOT pleased, tweeting: ‘F**k you!’
The NFL is having a rough week. After CBS pulled Rihanna‘s intro from Thursday Night Football on Sept. 11, the singer responded on Sept. 16, taking a stand for her music and domestic violence victims, criticizing the network for “penalizing” her. Since, the network has released a statement about their plans going forward. Will they use Rihanna’s music ever again?
Rihanna Slams Thursday Night Football For Pulling Her Intro: ‘F*ck You’
“CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this,” Rihanna tweeted to her 37.2 million followers on Sept. 16. She added another tweet, which simply said, “The audacity…”
CBS was all set to air an opening for the inaugural premiere of Thursday Night Football on Sept. 11, 2014, featuring Rihanna singing a cover of Jay Z‘s “Run This Town,” as well as a funny skit starring Don Cheadle.
Following the video released by TMZ of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée out cold, CBS opted out of the lighthearted intro for a recap of the NFL’s handling of the news as well as a plea from James Brown to stop domestic violence.
CBS Statement: Network Decides To Move ‘In A Different Direction’ With Rihanna’s Music
“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast,” CBS said in a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
In other words, the network has decided to pull RiRi’s music entirely.
Judging by Rihanna’s tweet, which was posted before CBS’s decision, it seems as if the network was looking to air the intro this week — clearly, Rihanna was not happy about that, after they initially “penalized” her, a domestic violence victim herself, at the first game.
Said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus at the time of the Sept. 11 game, in a statement to Sports Illustrated:
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
HollywoodLifers, should Rihanna’s music have been completely pulled from Thursday Night Football or do you think this is completely unfair? Let us know what you think!
— Amanda Mitchell