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Self-proclaimed “bad gyal” Rihanna took to Twitter to express her distaste for CBS.

In wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence fiasco, last week CBS opted to pull “Run this Town,” which features the songstress. Initially, the news outlet was slated to air Rihanna performing a version of the song, while Actor Don Cheadle introduces the team and theatrically ask who will “run this town.”

However, CBS decided to switch gears and not involve a high-profile celebrity who was once a victim of domestic violence herself. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus stated, “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage.”

After flip-flopping, CBS elected to air the segment this week. RiRi was not having it. The “Unapologetic” singer gave CBS a piece of her mind. Last night she tweeted:

According to Bill Carter, a reporter for the New York Times, as a result of Rihanna’s protest CBS will pull the song from this week’s broadcast and replace it with music created internally.


UPDATE: CBS Sports released the following statement: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

Seems like another example of victim blaming if you ask me. What’s your take Clutchettes?

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  • MommieDearest

    This was mis-handled all the way around. I understand how Rhi feels and frankly I’d have the same attitude toward CBS if I were her. I just wish she would have been more mature about expressing her displeasure. I know she is making a statement/point, but she’s taking money out of her pocket. See, this is where her publicist or agent or somebody should have went to CBS on the low and worked out a deal where CBS would do the standard BS nonpology, agree to run play her song for the remainder of the season and compensate her for the inconvenience.

  • Tira Masu

    Rihanna is so immature and unprofessional it’s embarrassing. I’m going to give her two more years before she fizzles out. I don’t know who told her that her shelf-life equaled eternity. She has very little power and she’s about to learn that.

  • Primmest Plum

    I think it would have been more diplomatic of CBS to have ASKED Rihanna if she was okay with performing under the circumstances, instead of just deciding FOR her.

    At the end of the day, this is money out of Rihanna’s pockets and all because SHE was a victim of domestic violence. Now…if Chris Brown was set to perform I could understand cutting out his song.

    Rihanna’s response is typical of Rihanna. I love Rihanna’s unabashed gusto, it’s certainly not something I’d partake in, but it’s admirable enough for who and what her image is.

    Emphasis on: “…for who and what her image is.”