Rihanna is angry with CBS after it pulled her intro to its first broadcast of “Thursday Night Football” last week in light of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. The intro includes Rihanna singing her 2009 hit “Run This Town,” which also features Jay Z and Kanye West.
The singer took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing, “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 then wrote:
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 16, 2014
CBS said last week the broadcast was revised because it did not fit the serious tone of the preshow game. The network also scrapped a comedy segment. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
The first 25 minutes of the hourlong show focused on Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL, announced by the league shortly after TMZ released a second video of the former Baltimore Raven running back knocking Janay Palmer, now his wife, unconscious.
Also looming over the intro was Rihanna’s own notorious 2009 domestic assault incident. Her then-boyfriend Chris Brown hit her numerous times while he was driving, badly bruising her face.