Mel C has revealed that she is increasingly concerned that Rihanna is too sexual in her
music videos and on stage.
Sporty Spice, who has a 2 year-old daughter Scarlet with boyfriend Thomas Star, believes
that the ‘Umbrella’ singer uses graphic imagery that is ‘inappropriate’ for her younger
The 37 year-old singer told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘People have to take some
responsibility because we’ve got to a point where the over-sexualisation of young children
has gone too far. I think music is a big part of that. Women in music are extremely sexual
and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.
‘Rihanna has a responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too
much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to
Rihanna’s racy videos, which have included her whipping reporters, dancing in a leather
bikini and being tied up in a ‘S&M’ reference, have been banned in several countries
because of their sexual content.
The former Spice Girl, who is set to release her new solo album ‘The Sea’, continued: ‘I
love Rihanna, I think she’s a f*****g brilliant artist, with great songs, a great record and she
looks fantastic … but she’s not a mum. Maybe if she becomes one she’ll feel different. I
hope so anyway.’
The Spice Girls were also criticised in the late 90s for being too sexually explicit, but Mel
argues that would always make changes if they believed they had gone too far.
She added: ‘It’s a long time ago since the Spice Girls were first together and we were
criticised for being sexual. Yes we wore crop tops, look how much has changed, but we
always sat down as a group and if somebody felt something was inappropriate for our
young fans, we did something about it. I think that’s something young people in the music
industry today, like Rihanna, should do now.’