Christholme, now 37 and a mother, says that despite respecting Rihanna as an artist and enjoying many of her songs, the image the singer projects is just too sexual for someone whose fans base is comprised of mostly teens and pre-teens.
“People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where the over-sexualization of young children has gone too far,” she explained. “I think music is a big part of that. Women in music are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.”
“Rihanna has a responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point. We owe it to our kids to protect them.”
Mel C added that the Spice Girls were also criticized in their day because of their imagery, but said they always made sure not to go too far. “Yes we wore cropped tops, but look how much has changed. We always sat down as a group and if somebody felt something was inappropriate for our young fans, we did something about it. I think that’s something young people in the music industry today, like Rihanna, should do now,” she said.
The ‘I Turn to You’ singer also said that she believes Rihanna uses overly sexual scenes in videos such as ‘S&M’ because she has yet to become a mother.
“I love Rihanna, I think she’s a f**king brilliant artist, with great songs, a great record and she looks fantastic, but she’s not a mom,” she explained. “Maybe if she becomes one she’ll feel different. I hope so anyway.”