During the beginning of the BET Awards, the cameras just so happened to ‘catch’ Rihanna playing with a roll of duct tape, leading a bunch of people to wonder on social media what exactly was going on.
It now turns out that BET had this stunt planned from the beginning in order to bring awareness to domestic abuse.
— Jen (@bmorenavy) June 29, 2015
The ‘joke’ was meant to poke fun at Mayweather’s and Rihanna’s well-known histories with domestic violence, Mayweather as a repeated perpetrator and Rihanna as a victim.
BET specifically chose to seat the two stars next to each other, which many thought was bad enough, but then when the duct tape incident happened, social media blew up with outrage;
— Jacqueline Mary (@jacquelinemry) June 29, 2015
Eek feeling uncomfortable about BET Awards "joke" w/Mayweather restrained sitting next to RiRi. Can't rly joke about domestic violence sry
— Janai Michael Speer (@janaimichael) June 29, 2015
— Manny Blacquiao (@youngblack609) June 29, 2015
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