Junior Campbell, otherwise known as Poeticjazztice, writes some very readable pieces for AllVoices. His latest is a series of three posts about male bashing in Barbados and elsewhere.
“And I have been wondering further, just lately, if this clearly most internationally recognizable Barbadian’s behaviour might tell us anything about the Barbadian psyche.”
In a strange convergence we have Rihanna appointed as Tourism Ambassador, Rolling Stone Magazine calling her the “Queen of Pain” for her sadomasochistic behaviours, and Junior Campbell wondering what Rihanna’s behaviour tells us about ourselves as Bajans. We’ll start off with the second article in the series, but you’ll have to visit AllVoices to finish it and read the other parts. That’s only fair.
I don’t suppose that the folks at the Barbados Tourism Authority read the Rolling Stone article in question before they jumped for a life preserver? Didn’t think so!
Take it away, Junior…
Male bashing in Barbados (#2): Rihanna’s psychic rift and reality
I am indebted to Rolling Stone magazine for an insightful article that has shone some light on international R&B artist Rihanna’s extraordinary musical endorsement of sadomasochism (S&M) – an extraordinary endorsement, given her much publicized, horrific subjection to violent physical abuse at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Browne.
Like many of her fans, I imagine, I have been trying to make sense of the Barbadian singing sensation’s apparent comfort crooning about a passion for pain when the stain of Brown’s assault is probably still a scourge on her psyche.
I have been wondering, could her decision to do the Number One hit single S&M be part of a healing strategy – consciously or unconsciously pursued by the 23 year old star? Could it be an act of denial or defiance: her way of saying to Browne and to the world you didn’t and/or can’t hurt me?
And I have been wondering further, just lately, if this clearly most internationally recognizable Barbadian’s behaviour might tell us anything about the Barbadian psyche. Particularly if her story, so far, might be a reflection of Barbadians’ capacity to absorb conflict and violence – a trait of Barbadians, sometimes confused with docility, that I have found myself exploring here and elsewhere, in my own and in other Barbadians’ stories, repeatedly.
The Josh Eells Rolling Stone cover story entitled “Rihanna: Queen of pain” answers my speculation about the emerald-eyed rocking Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s defiant reasoning affirmatively. While all her talk about pain and domination “is about pushing buttons, and the transgressive thrill she gets from being bad” writes Eells “it’s also largely defensive.”