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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Does Rihanna think sexting is okay?



By now, we all know what sexting is, that practice by (sometimes) underage teens and tweens to send racy photos of themselves to someone they like. It's a stupid, perhaps all too common practice, but Mommas we know sometimes kids don't always do the smart thing.

Hope Witsell, a Ruskin 13 year old, sent a photo of her breasts to a boy but the picture got circulated around her school. She suffered bullying and taunts of "whore" and "slut". On Sept. 12, she committed suicide.

Rihanna at the 'Good Morning America' Times Square New York

So what does that have to do with Rihanna, the singer who got all of our sympathy after receiving a severe beating from then boyfriend Chris Brown? Rihanna, who many girls probably look up to, seems to think sexting is okay. In an interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, here's what the singer had to say about some racy pictures of her that she had sent to an old boyfriend that got leaked online: "If you don't send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him."

For him?

I still feel sympathy for Rihanna because no one deserved what happened to her. And it was Mommas who got on Brown's back when he was nominated for some Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

But now it seems that Mommas need to talk to their kids about Rihanna and sexting. Mommas, tell your daughters that they aren't Rihanna, and if their racy photos get out, they won't be able to use their star power to laugh it off. Instead, they might get bullied and taunted at school, like Hope was. And then, we really could be sorry for what happens next.

-- Sherry Robinson

[picapp: Rihanna performing on Good Morning America]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:04am]


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