Hey Rihanna Fans, It's Time to Lay Off

Dear Rihanna fans,

We understand you're conflicted. You want to be on Ri-Ri's side, pledge your allegiance to the Navy, board the Rihanna plane. And yet, her relationship with Chris Brown is a tough pill to swallow. You wish she'd move on. You wish that somebody -- Oprah, Katy Perry, Michelle Obama, anybody -- would make her realize that Brown is unworthy of her love. We get that.

But we're concerned that things are getting out of hand.

Here's what not to do with all of your strong feelings about Rihanna and Brown. On Saturday, the "Stay" singer was at a swanky London club when a stranger threw a bottle at her. She quickly hustled out of the club, her right knee cut and bleeding.

According to witnesses, the bottle-thrower was yelling at Rihanna for getting back together with Brown.

So this is the problem: fans feel protective of Rihanna, but their concern is starting to look like something hostile. Frankly, we don't see a problem in being angry at Chris Brown. (Lord knows he's angry at everybody else.) But getting angry at Rihanna? Bottle-throwing angry? This is not helping her.

The thing is, as Rihanna keeps reminding us at every possible opportunity, she's a grown woman making a conscious decision. This relationship may be a mistake, but it is her mistake. Even if she's returning to an abusive relationship (the worst-case scenario of her being with Brown), it won't help if her fans turn against her. If anything, it will create an us-against-the-world mentality that will keep them together longer.

So, let's all lay off Rihanna for a while, okay? Take a deep breath and remember that she's not trying to make everybody angry; she's just trying to figure out her life. Let's give her some space. And if she does decide to leave Chris Brown, she can take comfort in knowing that she has a whole Navy to back her up.

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