Fans Harassing Rihanna For New Music Is Not OK

Harassing Rihanna For New Music Sets A Dangerous Precedent For Fandom Entitlement

You'll get it when you get it.


We've all asked ourselves the question at least once: When is Rihanna going to give us another album? I've seen it about one hundred times on my Twitter timeline, in the comments under every one of her Instagram to say she won't have to worry about her music not being well received when the time comes. And while it's all fun and games, what lies underneath this question is a dangerous precedent that this generation has set when it comes to our entertainment.

Instant gratification is a term we are all familiar with at this point, with our technology and constant ability to refresh our social media timelines for new content. We want the fastest Wifi, the newest phone, the most updated news, the next season, new music from our favorite artists. The problem with this is that we expect to get it when we want it. There is a strong sense of entitlement when it comes to entertainment, media, music, etc.

Too often, we treat people we can't seem like they're not human. Rihanna should give us her next album because we feel it's been too long since her last album drop so she should just get in the studio and make it. Right? No, but unfortunately that's the rationale most people are using. It seems as if it's not a big deal, just a joke, but it reveals something very startling about the way we receive and demand content.

How many times have we seen our favorite YouTubers make a "taking a break" video because the pressures of their job combined with their personal life were too much? Then they tell us they don't know how long they will be gone and that they understand if we want to unsubscribe/unfollow. Why is this the norm? Because people nowadays want their content so easily that if it's not delivered exactly how and when they want it, they're not interested. The Internet has made it so that if our content creators and artists aren't constantly active, posting on every platform, people get unreasonably angry about it. We tend to treat public figures as machines, meant to pump out movies, shows, albums, and videos for us.

Very few people are willing to let artists make content for themselves and want to instead consume it as if it is their own. What happened to the creative process and allowing artists to take their time to make the music they want to make? The other side of the double-edged sword is that the Internet is ruthless and artists have been receiving an unnecessary amount of criticism and hate for their music, not putting it out soon enough, not promoting, not making the music video the fans wanted, etc.

The entertainment and media industry has become a very difficult place for a lot of creators simply because "fans" feel so entitled to demand — without shame — what creators should be making.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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