Pop star Rihanna is getting media flack for being photographed with a group of young children while wearing a necklace with a design that spells out “Fuck You.” “We know she probably wasn’t anticipating being bombarded by a bunch kids and shit, but damn, she could’ve tucked that joint in before agreeing to take photos with the little crumbsnatchers,” opines the classy gossip site Bossip, for example.
The problem with Rihanna wearing a necklace that tells the world “Fuck you,” however, is not that she wore it around children, but that she wears it at all. Here is a woman whose occupation, lifestyle, fame and income derives solely from people admiring her talent and buying her music, and her recognition of her debt to the public is to tell them “Fuck you.” She is also, unfortunately, the object of admiration by young people, regarded as someone who represents cultural norms, The norm she represents while wearing this piece of jewelry is rank incivility and rudeness, as well as complete disrespect for gentility, manners, or common courtesy.
I don’t know about you, but anyone who greets me with “Fuck You” is off my list permanently. I don’t want to talk to such unmannerly and offensive jerks, and I certainly don’t want to put money in their pockets by listening to their music. If my child wants to listen to a recording artist who greets the world with a contemptuous obscenity, he can do it outside of my house.
Celebrities who become complete anti-social, arrogant creeps should forfeit their right to be celebrities. Let’s work on that.
As for Rihanna: right back at you, honey.