News: Rihanna Outraged W/ "S&M" Censorship, "Are You F*cking Kidding Me???"
Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 9:50PM
Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has continued to display her discontent with the controversy surrounding her racy "S&M" song as now the record has been renamed in the United Kingdom.
Responding to the reports via Twitter, RiRi expressed her frustrations.
"S&M," Rihanna's latest single, has had its title changed to "Come On" on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1, and the singer is apparently not happy about the censorship from across the pond. "Are you f*cking kidding me??? I'm on it!" Rihanna posted on Twitter today (Feb. 6) after she was informed of the change; when a fan asked if she was okay with the title situation, the pop star wrote, "Absolutely NOT!!!" Island Def Jam did respond to a request for comment at press time. (Billboard)
Details of a name change circulated across the Internet Monday (February 7).
Rihanna's "S&M" has already created quite a stir with its lyrics, which were deemed too hot for daytime play by BBC Radio 1, and with its kinky, candy-colored music video, which was reportedly banned in 11 different countries. And now it seems that even the song's title is giving some folks fits ... including Rihanna herself. It all starts with the brand-new U.K. Top 40 Singles chart, which is compiled by the British-based Official Charts Company and unveiled every Sunday on Radio 1. In this week's chart, "S&M" officially debuts, but, strangely enough, it does so with the title "Come On." It's not clear who made the change -- the OCC, the BBC or perhaps even Rihanna's record label, Island Def Jam -- or even why. (MTV)
As of earlier this week, the music video has reportedly been banned in nearly a dozen countries.
The diva is back with her new single S&M - and the video is so steamy, it's already been banned from 11 countries and counting. The vid features 22-year-old RiRi, writhing around in white latex ("with lube", she says), sucking a banana ("I made 'em give me a spit bucket in between takes"), wearing bondage gear and simulates sex with a lifesize doll. And the words to the song are just as dirty as the images. "Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it," she sings. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me." Oo-er! Southern Asian countries immediately banned it. (Mirror)
And if that was not enough, RiRi is being accused of swagger jacking photographer Dave LaChappelle for the video's content.
Rihanna has found herself in even more controversy surrounding the S&M video, this time for ripping off famed photographer Dave LaChapelle. According to side by side stills that can be found on Perez Hilton's site (who's ironically in Rihanna's video), the music video was heavily influenced by the work of LaChapelle that can be found in Italian Vogue from 1995-2002. The only problem is, LaChapelle had nothing to do with the video nor did he direct it. Rihanna's video director also failed to mention LaChapelle while explaining each scene of the video to MTV. (Necole Bitchie)
Check out Rihanna's "S&M" down below:
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