Rihanna Welcomes Backlash Over ‘Birthday Cake’ Remix With Chris Brown [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 17, 2012

It’s quite clear that Rihanna has forgiven her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown for brutally assaulting her three years ago.

Most of the public, not so much. But there are multiple reports that the two have been allegedly hooking up for months. Brown even attended her private birthday party on Monday night.

Many celebrities have slammed the Grammys for allowing Brown to perform, not once but twice. Their hatred for the star even hit an all time high when he won the Best R&B award the same night. His critics had a field day.

Now, it seems the plot as thickened. There are multiple reports that Brown will be featured on RiRi’s remix to her song ‘Birthday Cake.” MissInfo reports that Brown recorded a singing verse and a rapping verse for the song. It is scheduled to be released on Feb. 20. The song’s co-producers, Da Internz, hinted to MTV News, that “the feature on [the remix] is gonna shock the world.”

But as more details of a possible collabo is revealed to the public many have become angered over the situation. The most compelling argument amongst the banter came from Billboard assistant editor Jason Lipshultz. He wrote a open letter  to Rihanna entitled ‘It’s Time to Talk That Talk.’ Here’s an excerpt:

Dearest Rih Rih:

The news about CB dropping by your “Birthday Cake” remix… damn. Three years and nine days later, it is officially implied that, no matter if you two are “single” or “in a relationship” or “it’s complicated,” a token of forgiveness has been earned by Brown. And that’s not cool, to a whole lot of people.

Look, you could do this one song with Brown and never work with him again, or go record “Watch The Pop Throne” with him. You two could become a couple again and get married in Vegas next week. Maybe you want none of those things, or all of those things; you certainly have the right to do any of those things. In your words, “there’s only one you, so just be that.” Do you, Rihanna!

But, in all honesty… you can’t do you, Rihanna. Not here. Not with Chris Brown. Because like it or not, millions of people are paying attention to you, trying to be as cool as you, attempting to find love in a hopeless place and wondering if it’s okay to walk down the same dark alleyway twice. Young girls look up to people like you to guide them through circumstances too complex for them to tackle on their own, and by granting Chris Brown an iota of tolerance, you implicitly encourage others to consider doing the same.

“With great power comes great responsibility” is a schmaltzy sentiment, but it’s  fitting here — like it or not, you have a different level of  power than most of us schmoes because of your pop superstardom, and a different level of responsibility in your personal life than in your music because of the tabloid-infected culture we live in. It’s a burden that is not fair to you, or anyone in pop culture, but it’s one you have to accept.

If you continue letting Chris Brown slither into your work or personal life, nothing tremendous will happen – bloggers will blog and a backlash will form, but you’ll no doubt continue ruling the Hot 100 and the world will keep spinning. Yet if you grit your teeth, sacrifice instinct and decide to  inspire… even three years removed from that horrific incident, that “fuck yourself” moment, that public banishment of the man who physically attacked you, will still resonate with so many people looking for their own morsel of strength. As essential as your voice has become in the pop landscape, you have the opportunity to deliver a message that transcends any lyric you could ever sing, to stand for something that lasts much longer than any three-minute piece of radio fodder. We, like you, all want to let our individuality shine – to know who  we are, and just be ourselves – but in this one instance, we  need your message to be perfect.

Rihanna doesn’t like the criticism over the alleged new song. She posted a few tweets to vent her frustration.

“They can say whatever, ima do whatever…no pain is forever” are the lyrics from Rihanna’s hit single, “Hard.” But it still seems strange that she posted that message now. Subliminal message…..of course!

Rihanna is allegedly being pressured by her music executives to shelf the remix. RiRi and Chris may have recorded the remix without notifying her label. So don’t be surprised if all this hoopla is for nothing. The remix could possibly be shelved.


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