Why do the Irish hate Rihanna’s boobs?

This week there was a minor news story about people in Dublin going around stapling dresses onto Rihanna’s tour posters to cover up the topless photos:

Rihanna gets covered up

It’s an amusing story, even though I’ll explain why I think it’s daft in a bit, but it’s actually the second time that the Barbadian singer’s boobs have landed her in trouble on the Emerald Isle. A couple of years back while filming the video for “We Found Love”, her collaboration with Calvin Harris, Rihanna was filming in a field when she went topless, which didn’t go down well with the farmer who owned the field.

rihanna field

Rihanna before disrobing.

That was in Northern Ireland, so it seems that whatever differences the two countries have, they seem united in objecting to Rihanna baring her chest.

It’s a weird thing to get uptight about.

Personally, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about, and not just because I have a soft spot for Rihanna.

The thing is, the poster isn’t particularly shocking in the first place. Yes, she’s topless but she’s covered herself anyway:

rihanna poster uc

I mean, yes, you can see the curve of her breast but she’s covered the nipples, and for reasons I don’t fully understand, nipples are the big deal when it comes to female nudity. If anyone can explain why nipples are supposedly more shocking than the rest of the breast I’d be eager to know, because it baffles me.

You can show everything else, and several celebrities have done the “hand bra” thing but for some reason it’s the areolas that is when you cross the line. Personally, I don’t see why they’re supposedly the “dirty” part.

In fact the whole thing of regarding breasts as something sexual is a little odd when you think about it. I mean, I find them extremely pleasing to look at, but why? Logically it doesn’t make much sense. But that’s an issue for a different time and a more intelligent post.

My major objection is that I don’t understand why you’d cover it up, I mean, it’s an inoffensive image. It’s clean and, to pull an argument from the pervert’s arsenal, what’s the big deal about the human body anyway?

I’ve never fully understood why people have such a massive issue with it.

Sure, it’ll cause titillation in many but it’s hardly pornographic and nudity, anyone’s nudity, shouldn’t be regarded as something terrible. That just makes people feel bad about themselves and causes shame ,

Yes, there’s a time and a place for nudity, and there’s a difference, of course, between nudity and nudity for sexual gratification, but this is just a picture of a partly naked woman who’s covering herself up anyway. I find it hard to believe that it would upset anyone, and if it did I kind of think it’s their problem, not everyone else’s.

It’s not nasty, or vulgar, or unpleasant, so if you’ve got a problem with it, that’s your personal issue. I don’t like that radio stations play the Black Eyed Peas, but I’m not going to bombard the stations with complaints. Not everything is aimed at me, and the BEP aren’t evil, just intensely irritating to me.

In the world we live in I just think that there are far more pressing issues that need addressing than a pop star showing some skin.

That being said, at least there’s something amusing about the way they’ve covered her up.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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