Newly-minted Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham made some unfortunate headlines recently following some unkind remarks about her from shock-jock Howard Stern. Luckily that all ended peacefully, but now the multi-talented Girls star is throwing some shade of her own: At pop goddess Rihanna! Oh girl, didn’t you read our post about Riri’s most vicious Twitter slams? This could be bad news, you guys.
Lena appeared on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing (lulz) and admitted that she “used to be really into” Rihanna. But lately she feels that her DGAF attitude has gone a little too far, and worries about the effect that she’s having as a role model on her young fans. “I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna,” Lena explained. “Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. She’s talented.”
She cites Rihanna rejoining Team Breezy as a major turning point for her. “Then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.” Many of Ri’s Navy are starting to wonder if her “good girl gone bad” shtick isn’t just an act, and fear the way she’s influencing children who look up to her.
Rihanna herself weighed in on the issue during a November 2011 appearance on Ellen, claiming that she no longer cares about being a role model. ”I used to worry about it a lot, then I realized the message I really want to send is not perfection it’s individuality. Being who you really are, knowing who you really are and being just that. There’s only one of you so just be that.”
It’s definitely not fair to treat these famous folks as if they’re a public utility that belongs to all of us, and they definitely deserve their human moments. In a way they shouldn’t have to be duty bound to be anything other than themselves, right or wrong. But is it irresponsible (and a little naive) to deny the influence a mega-star like Rihanna has on her legions of youthful fans? Tough questions indeed. Sound off in our comments section and let us know what you think!
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