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Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL

And they're not exactly happy ones
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2014 10:19 AM CDT
Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL
This March 1, 2014, file photo shows singer Rihanna arriving for the Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

(Newser) – Last week, CBS dumped a Rihanna song from the first of its Thursday night NFL broadcasts, partially thanks to the Ray Rice situation and Rihanna's own connection to domestic violence at the hands of Chris Brown. Now, apparently, the network wants to include the song in this week's broadcast—and Rihanna is having none of it, Deadspin reports. "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F--- you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," she tweeted today, followed by, "The audacity..."

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New York Times television reporter Bill Carter tweets that CBS has given in and will replace Rihanna on Thursday's show with "theme music created internally." Not everyone thinks the domestic violence link was the main reason the song was pulled in the first place—as USA Today notes, "Given the simmering Ray Rice controversy, beginning a broadcast with the frivolity of a pop song would have been tone-deaf. " (Read more Rihanna stories.)

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