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After Thoughts of Oprah interviewing Rihanna
Aug 20, 2012 | News Archive
After Thoughts of Oprah interviewing Rihanna

What can be learned and what's still a gray area from last night's interview with Oprah and Rihanna.

 

Last night on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” singer Rihanna opened up to Oprah, showing her courageous side. Aside from the fact that Rihanna is a crazy twenty-something who has no idea what to do with her love life, I thought that the interview was genuine and Oprah really showed her best interviewing skills. There was a lot of chemistry between the two women that signified Oprah's youthfulness! At one point there was an awkward moment from Oprah trying to imitate Rihanna’s urban personality. Remember they were in the kitchen of Rihanna's mom's new home holding up champagne glasses? Oprah did this sort of Diddy-bop move that was really funny after Rihanna toasted to her mother and Oprah, andd Barbados! (LOL) Anyways, the interview was clarification to Rihanna’s entire “navy” that her abusive relationship was difficult to get over because of the deep emotional connection both her and Chris Brown shared in relation to the media and public’s “velocity of feelings” and “impact of how it went around the world”- in Oprah’s words.  On the topic of “one true love,” Rihanna declared that she STILL loves Chris Brown and it was awkward to be in the same room as him. This confession de-celebritized her, allowing her to identify with a lot of females who are just as horrified to be in the same room with their ex-lovers as well. Aren’t we all the same in that case? I am not sure how many magazine and TV interviews Rihanna has done about the whole situation since 2009, but, overall I was disturb at the lack of reporting and resolution. Rihanna’s total followers on Twitter and Instagram is something of 28 million, which amounts to the 14th largest country in the world. With that many fans, influence is inevitable. My concern was that so many young and confused girls would somehow get the notion that domestic abuse is okay and would not know how to cope with it. However, Rihanna’s path to surfacing and recuperating with her own emotional sprit, was mending the relationship with her father. She talked in detailed about her idea of male love and the connection she shaped around her father and Chris Brown. In overcoming the situation with Chris Bown, she went to the source of her angry. It was mature; I’m wondering if she had help in analyzing that breakthrough? Whatever solution she opted for in exchange for wisdom, I contemplated the pedagogy of emotional healing from domestic abuse in today’s culture.  Was Rihanna the exception or the rule? How come there is never an effort to protect the combined morality of culture? This is not the first time celebrity couples have been caught boxing it out on the world stage. Conversely, this may be the first time a star has told their side of the story in an (somewhat) understanding script. In the beginning of the interview, Rihanna talked passionately about her “Gran Gran Dolly” and the advice she gave through her childhood. One piece of advice that was instrumental talked about how the love from a husband should come twice as hard as a woman’s love because a woman by nature is always going to love unconditional due to her maternal instincts. In juxtaposing this deeply valued advice Rihanna shared with Oprah, she comes back later on in the interview to say that her heart is uneasy if Chris Brown is not happy. In summation, the pop princess really loves the pop prince. Is this not the type of love her grandmother tried to shield her from? I digress, why is it so hard to take our own advice? What did you think about the interview? Parents: Did you encourage your teens to watch the interview? Room For debate…



Posted By: Melissa Henderson

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