Are you ready for some Thursday Night Football? Not Rihanna!
A week ago CBS Sports made the decision to pull the intro for the 'Thursday Night Football' game between the Steelers and Ravens, featuring Rihanna and her hit with Jay-Z and Kanye “Run This Town”.
This came less than 72 hours after Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after the abusive elevator footage.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said that Rihanna’s own history of domestic violence was one of the reasons the video was shelved.
"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."
Well, now RiRi is fighting back. The singer gave the network the middle finger on Twitter. Tweeting, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F— you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.” She followed that with another tweet that read simply, “The audacity…”
Trying to cover its “tail” even more CBS said it will be using their “newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
Rihanna's label, Roc Nation, countered CBS in a statement contending "misrepresentation" by the network in dealing with the song.
"Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS' TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage," said Roc Nation in a statement.
Do you think that the song should’ve been pulled in the first place? I say NO! Talk about a bad play on the network’s part. Here you are penalizing a woman for being the victim of physical abuse. If it were Chris Brown’s video I would understand. But pulling the plug on Rihanna is re-victimizing her. CBS deserves this slap in the face.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.