Too much domestic violence drama to go throwing Rih into the mix?
CBS Cancels Rihanna Opening Segment Due To Prior Domestic Incident
Could this be considered a form of victim-blaming? In an apparent effort to minimize fallout from the Ray Rice scandal, CBS has decided to forego a game-opening sequence featuring Rihanna for tonight’s Steelers vs. Ravens showdown. Via TMZ:
CBS has pulled the plug on the musical opening of tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” — and it’s very clear it’s because they don’t want to feature Rihanna in the midst of the Ray Rice scandal.
The opening features Rihanna performing a version of her hit “Run This Town” — while Don Cheadle introduces the teams and dramatically asks who will “run this town” when the game is over.
But with the Ray Rice scandal in full swing, it’s clear CBS didn’t want to feature another celebrity who was involved in a high-profile domestic violence incident.
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says, “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage.”
The musical opening will be replaced by a discussion of Roger Goodell’s recent comments about the Ray Rice incident.
Do you think that CBS made the right decision…or are they making an even BIGGER blunder by cutting her from the show?