I totally understand the gravitational pull of getting back together with a crazy ex-boyfriend, and yes, I really think Chris Brown is crazy. And there’s the whole “people can truly change” mantra. Yeah they can, I’ve witnessed it. But I’m not sure Chris Brown is one of those people.
I remember being really influenced by things my celebrity idols did when I was young. I know it’s easy to justify something because someone you think is cool did it too. Young girls might see Rihanna’s relationship as one that’s ok to mimic. And clearly, it isn’t.
And then there’s the drugs and nudity. Rihanna is 24. She’s not a child and can do what she wants. But part of the demographic she appeals to can’t even legally drink. She posts frequent pictures to Instagram of her doing drugs and being naked. She even wore a totally see through dress without a bra the other night. Again yes, she is an adult. Her fans are not. I frankly don’t want to see young people taking this as a go-ahead to light up a joint or walk around nearly naked.
I completely get her “I don’t give an eff” attitude as part of her musical persona. I worry about what effect this has on her fans. I keep hearing people say how she’s influencing y’all, but no one has asked you yet. So I want you to tell me what you think! Are young girls influenced by celebrities? What about teen girls? Is Rihanna a role model?