2.5 million tuned in to watch Rihanna’s emotional interview with Oprah last Sunday. Unfortunately for Rihanna, two of those viewers — Chris Brown’s mother and comedienne Joan Rivers — took a very dim view of the 24-year-old’s candid admissions.
Ms Brown’s (Joyce Hawkins) reasons for blasting Rihanna have confused some, given that the singer seems to be only one who’s forgiven Brown for assaulting her back in February 2009.
During the 60 minute show the Barbadian native opened up to Oprah, describing Brown as the “love of her life.”
“We’re very, very close friends. We built a trust again and that’s it. We love each other and we probably always will.”
“That’s not something you can shut off, if you’ve ever been in love.”
In sequence, those tweets read:
“TELL THE TRUTH AND SET YOURSELF FREE.”
“NOT UNTIL YOU TELL THE TRUTH WILL YOU EVER BE FREE!!!! PEACE SOMETIMES COMES WITH A PRICE”
“DID YOU SAY SOMETHING? DID IT HELP ANYONE?”
Rihanna’s refusal to condemn Brown has led to criticism from a number of domestic violence organizations and even the star’s fans, accusing the singer of “normalizing” domestic abuse. And today Joan Rivers stirred the pot further, sending this message to the singer on Twitter:
“Rihanna confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown. Idiot! Now it’s MY turn to slap her.”
Rihanna response to Rivers was swift:
“Wow u really do get slow when you’re old huh?” adding, “Slap on some diapers.”
A piqued Rivers replied,
“Honey @Rihanna, everyone knows: If he hit you once, he’ll hit you again. Read the statistics. PS – Love to have you on Fashion Police!”
Chris Brown pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in 2009. But this year a restraining order preventing him from approaching Rihanna was lifted. Rihanna and Brown recently collaborated together when Brown remixed her track Cake and Rihanna recorded vocals for a remix of Brown’s mammoth hit Turn The Music Up.
Although Rivers and Ma Brown appear to be gunning for Rihanna, the Where Have You Been singer has received some support. Amy Rosenblum, head of media training company Media Masters says Rihanna’s admissions are a reflection of how complex the issue of domestic violence is.
“As a media trainer I also tell my clients to be honest. The public is not stupid and know when you are not telling the truth. Rihanna is not the first person to still love someone who did something terrible.”
“Rather than being a 3 to 4 minute interview on a show, Oprah had the time and resources to put what happened into context. Rihanna has opened up a conversation about domestic violence. It was a great interview.”
Fans will get a chance to see Rihanna in action on September 6 when she performs at MTV’s Video Music Awards.The singer has been nominated for five awards.
Three guesses who won’t be voting for her.