On Tuesday, an already rocky battle between Singer Rihanna, CBS and the use of one of her songs escalated, after singer went on twitter expressing her issue. Apparently, the network scratched playing RiRi’s song along with other content last week, as they chose to focus on the growing NFL domestic violence scandal.
The 26 year old Grammy Winning Barbadian singer turned to twitter to release her feelings:
“CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday,” tweeting her 37.2 million followers. “Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.”
Last week during it’s opening segment in a game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, it was agreed upon that The CBS Corp-owned network, which won the rights to broadcast eight NFL games in prime time on Thursdays this season, would use Rihanna’s version of “Run This Town” by rapper Jay Z. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
From Rihanna’s Tweet, she will not have her song played at all now. CBS said it would drop it from the marquee prime time and instead open the show with original music. “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open,” Also saying, “We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”
There has been no direct acknowledgement of the singer’s own history of domestic violence playing a role in CBS decision. However, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said last week that the change in the broadcast reflected events. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage,” he told “Sports Illustrated” last week. CBS pulled several pre-game items including a comedy sketch.
Story By: @MarquitaCheron