In 2009, th' world were bein' stunned when photos surfaced showin' a battered and bruised Rihanna after a violent fight with that comely wench then-boyfriend, Chris Brown. Up until that point, th' couple had been considered a powerhouse among young celebrities and their combined appeal had no limits.
When Brown turned himself in t' authorities and were bein' sentenced t' community service, some felt his punishment were bein' too light but most fans were happy that, despite some moments o' uncertainty, Rihanna had ended th' relationship and were bein' an example t' victims o' domestic violence everywhere.
That is, o' course, until rumors began swirlin' about th' pair engagin' in clandestine meetin's. Rather than downplay th' talk, Rihanna revealed that she still loves Brown and were bein' more worried fer that scurvey dog than herself in a televised interview with Oprah. To make matters worse, Brown has now broken up with his long-time girlfriend and has been spotted spendin' time with Rihanna.
Since then, th' Barbadian singer has had t' deal with public backlash and lost Twitter followers who feel that she’s settin' a poor example fer th' people who look up t' that comely wench. They assert that she is sendin' th' wrong message t' women who have been victims o' abuse and, in turn, is minimizin' th' seriousness o' violence in men.
Of course, these people may have a valid point – but th' bigger question remains – is it really fair t' hold celebrities up t' standards that we, ourselves, struggle with?
On th' one hand, as many stars have argued, they are simply entertainers and our interest in them should be strictly on their work whether it’s in music, movies or television. They feel their lives outside o' that scope should be their own and fans should not look t' them as examples o' how t' be happy.
While that is a fair statement, it can also be said that a level o' responsibility comes along with fame since so much o' their lives is shared with th' public. There are interviews, and even documentaries, invitin' fans into their lives and many could argue that, through their endorsements and projects, they are encouragin' us t' emulate their lifestyles.
Is it, therefore, reasonable fer celebrities t' ask us not t' consider them role models? Is it not their goal with their lyrics and films t' move, inspire and motivate us t' feel a certain way? To live a certain life? Isn’t that what a role model does? What do ye think?