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?



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  • chanela

    while we’re on the subject why the hell arent people questioning or protesting the kardashians for being at the kid’s choice awards??? why the fck were they on there? also snoop dogg?

    what next charles manson and jenna jameson?

  • July

    Mmm the Spice Girls back in the day were pretty sexual!

  • D-Chubb

    Who’s the culprit going to be when Rihanna isn’t as famous? It seems to me people go apesht when they see some brown skin (Janet Jackson, anyone?) but these white celebrities take off everything but their socks and they’re just being provocative. Jessica Biel appeared on the cover of Maxim topless at 17 to shed her “good girl” image. It sure worked for her. At least RiRi is an adult.


    Rihanna was at the kids choice awards just LAST year in 2010 :/ She even sang rude boy. So to say that her music is not targeted at kids when her biggest audience is preteens and very young adults is silly. Her label is about making MONEY,and if that means she’s gonna sing rude boy at the kids choice awards,then she’s gonna do it. And I’d understand if there was a wide range of music for kids to listen to today without the singers being overly sexual,but the point is THERE ISN’T. The problem isn’t Rihanna,it’s the group of them all together. katy perry,gaga,Brittney,Christina etc. These are the women that are in front of kids day in and day out,whether their parents like it or NOT. no one can shelter their kids forever. they have friends who play the songs,they go to school where all the kids talk about them or listen on ipods, the mall is playing their music in most stores,the movies play the songs,it’s on the radio in car rides…etc. this music is always blaring. always. I watched a 3 year old sing “motivation” by kelly rowland in the store. It’s everywhere. It’s saturated the culture. sex sex sex. I guess the problem is no one is taking it seriously. It’s the parents fault after all. why aren’t they following their preteens to slumber parties and making sure they aren’t listening to raunchy music? it’s all their faults. pshh whatever. Good luck American youth.