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Rihanna Tweets ‘F*ck You’ to CBS for Nixing Her NFL Performance

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Rihanna Tweets ‘F*ck You’ to CBS for Nixing Her NFL Performance

The NFL, one of the most powerful institutions in American society, was brought to its knees last week by its handling of a domestic abuse scandal involving a star running back named Ray Rice. Amidst the maelstrom, stodgy old grandpa network CBS, which broadcasts the NFL’s Thursday night game, panicked and pulled their pretaped opener that features Rihanna singing her hit, “Run This Town.” CBS said it wanted to focus on the Rice scandal and discuss issues of violence against women and its relationship to the NFL. Intead of the flashy Rihanna opener, the network aired this sober speech by broadcaster James Brown:

 

Many people pointed out the coincidence that Rihanna is one of the most well-known victims of domestic abuse, but CBS insisted that wasn’t the reason for pulling her intro. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com.

For this Thursday’s game, CBS is ready to get back to their regularly scheduled programming, which means airing the Rihanna intro. But you know who has a problem with that? Rihanna. She tweeted the following this morning:

CBS has yet to respond to Rihanna’s tweet. Awkward.