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‘The Daily Beast’ editor slams Rihanna for being a bad role model

Fri., Feb. 8, 2013 8:19 AM EDT
by Nicholas Robinson

Rihanna may be pop’s favorite bad girl, but the good girl gone bad certainly has her fair share of critics, and, right now, none are speaking more pointedly than the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, Tina Brown, who recently slammed the singer for being a bad role model to young girls.

The omnipresent pop star has been receiving a frenzy of bad press this week after she appeared in court to support her troubled boyfriend, Chris Brown, over a possible probation violation stemming from his 2009 assault on her.

And while many a fan has vented their frustrations over Rihanna’s love and support for Chris, Brown used Twitter to let Rihanna know just what she thinks about her.

“.@rihanna, you are a big fat zero as a role model for girls,” tweeted Brown.

Brown, who previously served as the editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, has served as an intentional role model and pioneer for women, having broken through the glass ceiling that impedes far too many women in the media.

But while Brown has walked proudly in the shoes of a self-appointed role model, Rihanna has often publicly stated she not only avoids such a mantle, she fears it.

“I could never tell a 10-year-old to look at me because I know I’m not perfect. That’s not what I signed up for,” said Rihanna in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

Well, Rihanna’s certainly not the only star to be labeled a bad role model. Check out some other young stars who have been called bad influences below. –nicholas robinson

 

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