In just the latest bit of Rihanna criticism, former Spice Girl, Melanie Chisholm, has some advice for the Bajan beauty–take some responsibility for your image.
In an interview with the notorious British tabloid, the Daily Mail, Mel C–better known as Sporty Spice–says RiRi has a duty to project a better image to the young girls who look up to her.
Although Mel C say she “loves” Rihanna and thinks she’s a “f**king brilliant artist,” she feels the singer’s overtly sexual image sends a bad message to girls.
She told the Daily Mail:
‘People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where over-sexualisation of young children has gone too far,’ the Mirror reported.
‘I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.
‘Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to protect them.
‘Rihanna’s free to do as she pleases, of course, but I think her take on the criticism she’s had is interesting.’
This is not the first time people have been critical of Rihanna’s image. National of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called her a “pig” and The Parents’ Television Council was extremely critical of her “Man Down” video. When critics attack, however, Rihanna is often defiant and undeterred, reminding her them that it is their responsibility to raise their children, not hers.
But what do you think, Clutchettes and Gents? Do artists have a responsibility to their younger fans or should the onus fall on parents?