Do you want “Birthday Cake” with Rihanna and Chris Brown?
Samantha McCormick, Staff Writer
March 29, 2012
Filed under Arts & Leisure
Let’s all go back in time to Feb. 8, 2009. It was the night of the Grammys and there was breaking news. Chris Brown had been arrested for attacking a woman after an argument in his car. The woman: his girlfriend, Rihanna.
Now, let’s all remember the shock and anger we all felt after that night. DJs stopped spinning Brown’s songs on the radio, people were throwing away his CDs and everyone seemed to be Team Rihanna. Finally, on this time-travel trip, let’s fast-forward to the present.
It was revealed a few weeks ago that Chris Brown and Rihanna had collaborated on a new single. The song, called “Birthday Cake,” hit iTunes on Feb. 23.
If you are not outraged yet that Rihanna is doing a song with her abusive ex, then let’s take a look at some of the lyrics and maybe that will be a mind changer. Here are the lyrics to the chorus: “It’s not even my birthday//but he want to lick the icing off//I know you want it in the worst way//can’t wait to blow my candles out//he want that cake, cake.“
Come on now, really? The song only gets more and more sexual. What kind of example is Rihanna setting? To go and do a song with your ex-boyfriend who abused you just isn’t right.
“I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really — it made sense to do the record,” Rihanna explained in an interview on “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” on March 15. “Just as a musician, despite everything else that was going to be the person.
“You know, I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown,” she continued. “We did two records. One for my fans, one for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide, you know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.”
But the fact is that there’s nothing innocent about this song. I cannot think of one good reason why she would make this decision. It was a big mistake; Rihanna has not only lost my respect, but any of my money towards her future records.