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Has Rihanna's hot-tempered ex-boyfriend rubbed off on her? Because, frankly, she pulled a very Chris Brown-like move on Tuesday night during a concert in Birmingham, England.
When someone in the front-row fan grabbed her arm and held tight, Ri-Ri angrily turned and clocked the fan on the head with her microphone. That's one way to deal with overzealous fans! Watch it here:
Imagine what Rihanna would have done if she'd gotten her butt squeezed by an audience member, as Beyonce did recently! "Now I'm gonna have you escorted out of here now," Beyonce reprimanded the offender. (See below.) It's nice to see that she didn't resort to using her mic as a weapon.
No doubt it's a dangerous world out there for a pop star -- especially when your sexy lyrics and revealing outfits can attract the sort of fans who don't respect boundaries. (Most fans do, of course, but when you pack tens of thousands into a concert venue, somebody's bound to fall into that boundary-breaking category.) And Rihanna was already dealing with creepy news about trespassers at her Pacific Palisades home. That's why singers like her -- who've risen to icon-level fame -- tend to travel with burly bodyguards, and require a stringent security detail at concerts.
Honestly, though? In the clip from the Birmingham concert, Rihanna didn't appear frightened. She looked annoyed. She wanted the irritating person to let go of her arm. And we know she's got an image to uphold.
But does she have a right to strike a fan (who, let's not forget, probably forked out a lot of money for that front-row seat)? Absolutely not. Of course the fan shouldn't have grabbed her. But when you choose to walk "among the people," you ought to be ready for anything. Like Beyonce, Rihanna could have had the person ejected. She's got lots of power now. She needs to learn how to wield it properly.