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Annie Lennox Thinks Rihanna Should Be Spokesperson for Domestic Violence

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As observers continue to discuss and debate Rihanna‘s decision to collaborate on two remix tracks with Chris Brown, who was convicted of assaulting her in 2009, accomplished singer Annie Lennox has spoken out, saying she believes RiRi should consider becoming a “spokesperson” for the issue of domestic abuse.

The former Eurythmics singer told the Guardian, “Here is a young woman who has been through domestic violence and she could become a tremendous spokesperson for that issue but the choice is hers. It’s not up to anybody else to do that. Of course, if she did choose to do that it would be so f—ing powerful, but it’s her personal right to choose it or not. We all have our issues and we have to deal with them in our own way.”

Lennox, a big supporter of feminist organizations, made the comments in a conversation about women and sexuality. Rihanna has stated in the past that she doesn’t want to be a role model, and she has seemingly ignored most of the chatter surrounding her new songs with Breezy, so we’re not expecting her to take Lennox’s advice anytime soon.

Lennox is probably right that it would be a powerful statement if RiRi were to take on such a role. Do you think Rihanna should speak out more against domestic abuse?

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