First let me say this had to be one of the best interviews on TV. Sources report Rihanna’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday may have done great in the ratings, but domestic violence charities aren’t thrilled with her comments. The “Oprah’s Next Chapter” episode was the second-highest rated telecast in the history of the OWN cable channel, topping all broadcast for women 18-49.
In the interview, Rihanna opened up about being abused in 2009 by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, saying that she still loved and missed him.
The pop star also said she was “more concerned about him” during the media aftermath of the incident.
Women’s groups say Rihanna‘s case is an example of how emotional and complex domestic violence is.
They say the singer’s comments send the wrong message. In a statement, longtime women’s rights advocate Erin Pizzey said Rihanna’s remarks are “dangerous” because they suggest to teenagers, in particular, “that roller-coaster relationships with violence-prone personalities are edgy and exciting.” She says, “They’re not.” Pizzey adds, “The relationship is toxic and unhealthy. Both are in need of help and that is the message that young people should be receiving.”