We came across a thought provoking article in the South Florida Times which was talking about the recent award of “Cultural Ambassador” status to Rihanna by Barbados. The article makes some thought provoking reading.
My opinions about this news are split.
Why should a country ever award a pop star with the title of ambassador? Yes. It’s nice for a country to align itself with a positive subject like Rihanna. She’s said in the past that she’d never pose nude, which is always a good thing, I guess. And, so far, she hasn’t been involved in any drug scandal. In fact, she’s been publicized for her involvement with DKMS, a non-profit marrow transplant organization, and other good deeds.
In 2006, she founded Believe, a non-profit organization that focuses on getting school and medical supplies to those who need it. She is also the new face of Covergirl cosmetics, a title also held by Queen Latifah. These are accolades well worth a, “You go, girl!’’
So far, so good.
Imagine Brittney Spears becoming the ambassador of America in her pop-princess days? Imagine, Paris when, well, she never really had a celebratory high point. Take Whitney Houston before Bobby; or Brandy before her car accident, which killed a 38-year-old mother of two.
When pop stars become celebrity ambassadors, I think there’s a possible downfall for everyone. And if you’re thinking about celebrities like Angelina Jolie, a United Nations ambassador, then take a moment to reflect on her wild and sex-crazed younger years.
Giving kudos to an artist when they’re young might be a risky venture.