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TLC slams Rihanna for bein' too scantily clad; she fights back on Twitter

The Talk ladies had a bit to say about this
The Talk ladies had a bit to say about this
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Welcome back, you wonderful readers, you. In recent news, as discussed on Lori and Julia of MyTalk 107.1fm, Rihanna was seen virtually topless at the CFDA (council of fashion designers of America) awards show in Lincoln. Whether her own decision or someone else's, she'd earned herself some harsh criticism from the remaining TLC band members, and had been a major topic on The Talk. Rihanna showed up to the awards in a sparkly, mostly see-through dress and no bra.

TLC were on a tour in Australia when they saw this and made general statements about Rihanna on Australian TV while on tour there. TLC criticized Rihanna, saying she "always has to be naked." They made the notion that, since sex sells, that's the "easy way" to sell records and make it to the top, while their band took the more difficult route. Chili from TLC added, "We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot." Read more on Daily Mail.

In response, Rihanna changed her Twitter background photo to one of TLC ladies topless and covering their breasts with hands. The online chatter buzzed with debates of whether TLC took that photo merely to support breast cancer back in the day, or whether they were indeed being hypocritical. On The Talk, the ladies raised the question of the morality behind showing off the body. Sara Gilbert took the position that it should not be made a "big deal" when someone isn't too shy to show off their birthday suit.

Another angle to see this is - would Rihanna's uncovered body, being one of the world's most beautiful women, distract photographers, interviewers, press and so on and so forth from doing their jobs? One can imagine someone trying to do an interview with a woman whose breasts are staring the person in the face and trying not to notice and concentrate on the words. That is one, however insignificant, problem with wearing see-through clothing. About children at home seeing it, it hardly seems like an issue. If a boy is too young, say pre-puberty, chances are he won't be too "affected" by the view. If old enough, the worst that may happen is an awkward situation if he sees such imagery on TV with his family next to him. Beyond that, what truly is the danger here? Chime in!