Pop Stars Have Moms Too
After a series of scandalous posts on Instagram, someone’s finally speaking out against Rihanna’s constant photo stream of flesh, drugs, and booze.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking, “Wait. Pop stars have moms?” It’s easy to forget that these writhing, femme-bot sex machines you’d think that were created in a pop factory test tube to sell albums by way of gyration were actually, at one point, under parental supervision. Lady Gaga, in her barely-there stage wear, has a mom. Miley Cyrus, in all her side-boob glory, has a mom. And no matter how many drugs she consumes in the course of a night, even Ke$ha has a mom who probably tucked her in at night with a Prince song serenade.
“I’m not afraid of any person in this world, but my mother, I’m terrified of her,” Rihanna said in an interview with Elle UK. “She called me two days ago and reeled me in about two naked pictures…” One of the pictures in question shows the 25-year-old pop star covered only by a bra, a fur shawl draped over her head, and a glass of wine resting in her lap.
“She went crazy on me, I was like, embarrassed. I felt like I got my ass whipped in front of my class at school! She humbled the f–k out of me,” Rihanna said of her mother’s reaction to the photo.
Although yes, the picture is certainly suggestive, I have to wonder why mother’s advice is limited to the release of butt-baring photographs? Where is the aforementioned verbal “ass whipping” about the fact that her daughter is in a highly publicized relationship with someone who has a history of physical abuse? Why isn’t her mom questioning the release of “S&M” as a single, when a life as B-side would have been just fine? Instead, every middle school girl in America can now sing along to, “sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.”
While I don’t claim to know the extent of Rihanna’s relationship with her mother, it’s an interesting idea to consider. Either way, it’s nice to know that Mama Rihanna is still looking out for her daughter. We should all be so lucky.
But when it comes to our relationships with our parents, their critical examination of what we do, and (in most cases) our innate desire to make them proud of who we’ve become, Rihanna’s case is a little different. Rihanna’s mother raised a superstar, one who is looked up to by many young people who aspire to be like her, dress like her, or emulate her successful career. Role models have unique responsibilities as their public actions have certain implications, whether they like it or not, for those who admire them.
And for Rihanna, the posting of provocative photos is just the tip of the iceberg.