CBS restores, drops song from NFL broadcast after Rihanna outrage 

click to enlarge Singer Rihanna lashed out at CBS on Tuesday for its plans to restore her song to its "Thursday Night Football" broadcast after cutting it last week. - FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Singer Rihanna lashed out at CBS on Tuesday for its plans to restore her song to its "Thursday Night Football" broadcast after cutting it last week.

CBS and the NFL are just not that good at talking with girls. Or grown women who are also survivors of domestic violence.

The football league and its broadcaster found a new way to infuriate Rihanna on Tuesday, just days after yanking her song "Run This Town" from its "Thursday Night Football" broadcast.

This week, CBS apparently decided that even though suspended running back Ray Rice punched out his now-wife, and the pop star was beaten by Chris Brown in 2009, maybe America wouldn't be reminded of the NFL's botched handling of domestic violence if it heard RiRi warbling over Jay Z's rap.

"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday?," the 26-year-old singer tweeted Tuesday. "NO, F--- you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."

After weathering the new firestorm of controversy, CBS announced it was taking its ball and going home, The Associated Press reported.

"Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our 'Thursday Night Football' open," CBS said in a statement Tuesday, adding that it would be creating its own in-house theme music.

The feeling was apparently mutual for Jay-Z's Roc Nation Company, which manages Rihanna. "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS' [Thursday Night Football]," Roc Nation stated, "CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.'"

Meanwhile, watch out for the NFL's new theme song by a jug band with Vernon Davis on washboard.


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