The-Dream Speaks On Rihanna’s Controversial Decision To Collaborate With Chris Brown
The-Dream, who produced Rihanna‘s “Birthday Cake” remix featuring Chris Brown, is speaking out about the brouhaha surrounding the controversial collaboration. He told Billboard:
“For me, it’s just music — two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was. It wasn’t about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and… you want to believe in people.”
According to The-Dream, fans who have been critical of Rihanna’s decision to collaborate with Chris because of the “She Ain’t You” singer’s now infamous 2009 assault against the Bajan beauty should take a lesson in forgiveness. He said:
“I think [the topic] that should be more on the tongues is: how do we proclaim to be a nation of forgiving, and we go by all of these rules and everything, but we can’t actually do it? It actually makes you look weaker than your adversary — if you don’t have the power to forgive, but you lie and say that you did.”
“Because this is about her. If she can forgive, that’s where she is mentally. As a friend, it’s like, ‘Okay, cool. Let’s roll.’”
I understand where Dream is coming from, but he can’t be mad at people for having an opinion. Domestic violence is a very touchy topic for most people, so a certain amount of backlash because of Rihanna’s decision to reunite with Chris (at least on wax) is to be expected.