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Lena Dunham is disappointed that Rihanna is not using her celebrity platform to be a positive role model to the millions of people who look up to her.
On Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing, Dunham discussed how she has learned to be more aware of what she says and promotes because of how many people watch and idolize the characters on Girls.
In a similar light, she wishes Rihanna would realize the power her voice carries. Dunham doesn’t approve of her on and off again relationship with Chris Brown, the man who abused her.
“It’s a platform that you have to take seriously. Which is why sometimes it’s like I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it’s like again, I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna. Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy,” Dunham told Baldwin. “She’s talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.”
In Rihanna’s defense, she did tell British Vogue in 2011 that her job is to create good music, and she does not want the responsibility of being a good role model. In fact, the “vampy” girl portrayed in her videos is an act she puts on for her fans, and is not a reflection of her true self, reports MTV.
"That's not me. That's a part I play. You know, like it's a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with," Rihanna told British Vogue. "See, people ... they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me, and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That's it."
According to MTV, Rihanna is currently collaborating with Chris Brown on a new track entitled, “Stay.”