An ongoing battle between CBS and singer Rihanna escalated today when the network announced it would drop a Rihanna song from its “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, Reuters reports.
“The decision came after the 26-year-old Barbadian singer took to Twitter to rail against the network for its decision to scrap the song last week along with other planned content as the network focused on the NFL’s growing domestic violence scandal,” the story reports.
CBS announced today that it will use original theme music to open its “Thursday Night Football” programming.
Rihanna reportedly tweeted to her 37.2 million followers: “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday. Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.” The Reuters story notes that the singer included an expletive in the tweet.
The story adds: “Neither CBS nor Rihanna directly acknowledged that the singer’s past history as a victim of domestic violence played a role in the decision. She was assaulted by singer and then-boyfriend Chris Brown on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards and a picture of her severely bruised face became [an] emblem of domestic abuse and violence against women.”
The song, Rihanna’s rendition of Jay Z’s “Run This Town,” had originally been slated for the opening segment of last week’s CBS “Thursday Night Football” opener between the Ravens and Steelers.
“Instead of the song, the network covered the indefinite suspension of former Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse and an essay on domestic violence among other content,” the story reports, adding: “CBS said on Tuesday it was changing the format of the opening.”
CBS announced today in a statement: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”