DrJays.com Debate: Is Rihanna A Swagger Jacker?
Tsk, tsk, and more tsk. Rihanna has been my smallest guilty pleasure for some time. I watched her go from bubble gum island pop to good girl gone bad, and thought she was successful in managing such a style change without skipping a stride or losing any fans. However, one little nagging echo about Rihanna’s style has bounced from blog to blog since her updated image- that’s she’s a swaggerjacker.
Can you really blame her? Or rather, should we blame her stylist for showing such a lack of creativity and versatility?
The internet was abuzz months ago when out the blue someone likened Rihanna’s style to little known (at least in America) Canadian punk-pop singer Fefe Dobson. All of a sudden videos, blogs, and pictorials sprang up about the uncanny resemblance of Fefe’s current and past style, with Rihanna’s newer edgier look.
I’ve seen the pictures, and the videos and my verdict was that Rihanna or her stylist did indeed swaggerjack Fefe’s style. If you do a Google search, you’ll see more than enough evidence, even if you have to sift through the crap.
Nevertheless, I came across this tidbit and thought I should share.
An up and coming singer named Eva Simons–we’ve never heard of her but others apparently have– posted some photoshoot pics several months ago on her myspace page. Our reader noticed the striking similarities between those pics and Rihanna’s new promo pic and sent us a Swagger Jacker Alert.
Rihanna is on the left and Eva is on the right. No doubt this will benefit Eva Simons because she’s going to get countless free publicity, on top of everyone trying to see who Rihanna stole her style from now. A lot of people like to blame the artists for these type of decisions, but at a certain level of the industry things get a little cutthroat. You don’t have as much control over your image as you want and your label and stylist tell you what to do, and why not? It can only help record sales.
If you don’t think so remember Pink? She said she was railroaded into singing R&B pop because of her soulful delivery and that she always wanted to sing Rock from the jump. So while her original sound was one aspect of her talent, she didn’t stick with that style of music or look for long.
SO do you think this hurts an artist’s reputation? Or do you think that once you’re so big that no one cares whose music or style you appropriate? I think that at a certain level, you’re no longer an artist, just an entertainer and no one will care at all. Plagiarism isn’t new at all.