I am not the bad guy here!
I love Rihanna just as much or even more as the next guy or girl. But there comes a time when even a fan has to be able voice his or her displeasure with their favorite artist. I am even a fanatic for Prince. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t talk about his outrageous demands before some of his performances. I could. But I won’t.
I need to talk about my beautiful Nuteen, Rihanna.
About 12:23am, Sunday morning, I tweeted that the sound for Rihanna on Saturday Night Live sounded rather dull. Actually, it seems that almost every performance I have seen of Rihanna has shown her to be either off-key or tone deaf…whichever sounds less harsh. The tweet could have been taken out of context, but it was what it is. With all that beauty to go with the voice that sells millions of CDs and singles, why can’t she hone her craft to near perfection? I mean, there has to be a sound check. Did she miss it? Probably not. Did she sound off-kilter because she is just too damn sexy for her own right? Probably. Better yet, why can’t a performer of her stature perform (i.e. sing and dance) with one of those bluetooth microphones so that she can move effortlessly onstage and support her sultry image? In my opinion, and I am in no way a million-selling or triple-platinum selling artist like Miss Ri, but what justice does it serve to have all that beauty masked by holding such an odd-shape symbol in front of her mouth every time it looks like she wants to inhale? Most of the time, those long, dark, bulbous objects don’t even stand in the way of the artist lip-syncing anyway. So what is the point of making an artist hold them? Do the artist themselves have any say-so in the type of microphone they use onstage?
They should have every right to want to please their fanatics to the fullest extent of their talent.
Rihanna is in no way a “mid-level” performer. Now that she has branched off into the motion picture sector, a mediocre performance from a star is what is to be expected from an artist who is about to jump ship – only to return now and then to keep all hope alive. Yes. We have seen the likes of La Beyoncé and Sir Timberlake try their hands at acting and even serve up a soundtrack tune or two every-so-often. But those artists aren’t in the same league as Rihanna. As I said earlier, Rihanna is an artist who can effortlessly command attention just with her appearance. So, if you’re going to take the stage, why not give? Don’t just do a little (because just your name alone is going to get you applause), show your appreciation not only to your fanatics but to the creator of your creators. As a purchaser of every piece Rihanna has on the market, even other fanatics can tell which songs call for heavy-thumping dancing and those that work best with just Rihanna onstage all-by-herself.
Rihanna does boost TV ratings.
Again, I am not the bad guy here. If I want to call a performer perfect, then let me call that performer perfect. And, if I think that his or her accommodations should be perfect, then that’s my prerogative too! If the camerawork is not right, I will say so. If the sound is not right, I will say so. So what?! Everyone is not going to have the same opinion. And that’s okay. And if a twitmonster wants to believe and retweet to me that I “…need a life…” Thank You kindly. I do have one. It’s just that in my part-time, I want to pay homage to my Creator by feasting my eyes and ears on such a talent He or She has bestowed upon us. Sometimes, less is more…and then, there are times when more is given in less. Rihanna is one who can give more by giving less. But we want more for her, don’t we?
Maybe I am the bad guy.