Farrakhan’s Rihanna Remarks Cross the Line

Mo’Kelly goes in on Farrakhan for his criticism of Rihanna. Is Mo’Kelly’s report correct? you be the judge. Here is an exerpt of that report. The link will follow so that you may read the entire report.

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan again stoked the fires of

Minister Farrakhan posing with Karrine “Superhead” Steffans

controversy recently with some terse remarks and criticism of pop singer Rihanna. The remarks were part of a much longer speech as part of the organization’s annual Saviour’s Day celebration.

Over the years I’ve both praised and criticized Minister Farrakhan as his career has been full of moments worthy of both. The Mo’Kelly Report has acknowledged both. His reticence to inject himself into the campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama was admirable. The work of the Nation of Islam in rehabilitating African-American men is inarguable and also admirable. On the other hand, his most recent remarks of Rihanna’s performances being “filthy” and her “fans” akin to “swine” must be viewed in a critical light and acknowledged for their self-serving nature.  He crossed the line….

It seems more than just odd to single out Rihanna’s performances as being “filthy,” when hers typify the whole of popular music. Rihanna is no more or less sexually suggestive in her presentation than Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Lady Gaga or even Beyoncé once upon a time. If the minister is “knowledgeable” about the wayward performances of Rihanna, then surely he’s heard of all of them…right?

And speaking of Beyoncé, isn’t that the same Beyoncé presently receiving considerable criticism for having performed for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi?

Farrakhan has also criticized Beyoncé for her alleged negative influence on women but it also bears mentioning that praising Gaddafi and rebuking Rihanna in the same Saviour’s Day speech is inherently contradictory when done without criticizing also Gaddafi’s fandom of Beyoncé. Here is the link: http://mrmokelly.com/

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