To all the Justin Bieber haters, I have this to say: he has more class in his underwear-showing backside than Rihanna will ever have.
My daughter has been to two concerts in her young life: Justin Bieber and Rihanna. The first was a few months ago where she wept openly at the sight of the young heartthrob singing and bopping around the stage; his shout-outs to the audience was enthusiastic, encouraging, clean, and appropriate.
Say what you will about the kid, but he doesn't feel it necessary to scream vulgarities into his mic while he's on a stage. Not sure what he does when he's being pursued by the paparazzi, but don't care 'cause I didn't pay lots of money for my daughter and I to witness that.
But when we attended the Rihanna concert in Winnipeg on Monday, March 25, within a few minutes, the popular singer's jaw-dropping profanity had me looking around to see if perhaps I had been wrong to assume that this performer was appropriate for young adolescents.
I don't know too much about her, except that I've been listening to her top hits on the radio for a few years. Her songs are catchy. She has a pretty smile. There would be no harm in taking my teenager to one of her concerts, right? Wrong.
I need to take accountability for the fact that I have never bothered to buy a Rihanna CD, and/or listened to more of her music than the songs played on the radio. If I'd done this, I would have known that behind softer lyrics lurk an edgier side to her.
What I certainly didn't expect though, after submitting myself and my daughter to 45 minutes of the warm-up act, A$AP Rocky -- who specializes in songs where he calls the world and everyone in it a 'MOFO'-- was that Rihanna would come out, thank us all for waiting for her appearance despite the fact that her show was delayed by 90 minutes, then blame the delay on Canada Customs for searching her buses when they were crossing the border. She wanted us to join into her disappointment at her late arrival by shouting out: "Fuck customs!"
Hmmmm...nope. Not gonna happen, sweetheart.
LOOK: Other stars who've had trouble with the law
Story continues after slideshow
Mugshot of Reese Witherspoon after she was reportedly arrested and jailed in Atlanta for disorderly conduct.
This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows the most recent booking photo of Lindsay Lohan, taken March 19, 2013. The troubled 26-year-old actress accepted a plea deal on March 18 in a misdemeanor car-crash case that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility that she won't be able to leave.
Sunny Cross, who appeared on the first episode of MTV's "Catfish," was arrested at the end of Jan. 2013 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Winnsboro, Texas on Oct. 4, 2012, along with a 78-year-old northeast Texas landowner while protesting construction of a pipeline designed to bring crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
Actor Edward Furlong is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for alleged domestic violence on January 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Fiona Apple was arrested on drug possession charges on Sept. 19 at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas. When officers searched her tour bus they allegedly found hashish.
Amanda Bynes was arrested on April 6, 2012 and charged with a DUI after she sideswiped a police car.
In this handout photograph supplied by the Aspen Police Department, 34-year-old Brooke Mueller poses for her mugshot after being arrested and charged with assualt and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on December 3, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. The ex-wife of American actor Charlie Sheen was arrested in the early hours of December 3, 2011 after a woman reported an assualt identifying Mueller as the assailant. (Getty)
In this police mug shot from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Pittsburg Steelers' receiver Hines Ward poses for a mug shot, on July 09, 2011 in DeKalb County, Georgia. According to reports Ward was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Getty)
In this booking photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, Samantha Ronson poses for a mug shot August 1, 2011 in Barstow, California. Ronson was arrested for DUI after being pulled over for speeding near Baker, California. (Getty)
In this booking photo provided by the the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department, Jenelle Evans poses for a mug shot August 8, 2011 in Oak Island, North Carolina. Evans, of MTV's 'Teen Mom 2', was arrested Monday for violating the terms of her probation after testing possitive for Marijuanna and opiates. Evans was placed in jail on USD 10,000 bond and later released. (Getty)
In this booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lindsay Lohan is seen in a mug shot October 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Lohan was arrested for probation violations and released after posting USD 100,000 bail. (Getty)
In this mug shot released by the 2011 Hillsborough County Jail, Michael Lohan, 51, poses for his mugshot after being arrested for battery domestic violence on October 25, 2011 in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. Lohan, was also previously arrested in 2009 in New York for allegedly violating a protection order against him. (Getty)
Here is actor Nicolas Cage after he was arrested for domestic battery in New Orleans at 6.33am on Saturday April 16. Police charged him with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace. Booking photo and report courtesy of Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. (Splash)
Andy Dick smirks in his mugshot after being arrested at a restaurant in Temecula, California, for allegedly being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The 45-year-old comic was listed on the booking sheet as 5ft 10in and weighing 155lbs. He was apparently at 9.20pm on May 2 at a Marie Callenders, not a restaurant chain known as a celebrity hotspot. (Splash)
Russell Brand was arrested on March 15 after allegedly throwing and smashing a photographer's iPhone in New Orleans. (New Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
The DUI arrest that continues to haunt her! Lindsay Lohan was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20040460,00.html" target="_hplink">first arrested for a DUI </a>on May 27, 2007 but was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20047886_20047878,00.html" target="_hplink">arrested again</a> -- and this time for cocaine possession, too -- after a brief car chase in Santa Monica on July 24, 2007.
The actor was pulled over on California's Pacific Coast Highway on July 28, 2006 for speeding, but ended up being <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/07/28/exclusive-mel-gibson-busted-for-dui/" target="_hplink">busted for a DUI</a>.
The former "OC" star was<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2007/12/27/mischa-barton-busted-for-dui/" target="_hplink"> arrested for a suspected DUI</a>, drug and controlled substance possession and driving without a valid license on December 27. 2007.
The former "Simple Life" star was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/12/11/nicole-richie-popped-for-dui/" target="_hplink">popped for a DUI</a> in the early morning of December 11, 2006 after she was spotted driving the wrong way on a California speedway.
The E! reality star was busted in March 2007 for a DUI -- and it was all caught on camera for her family's reality show, "Keep Up With The Kardashians."
The heiress was<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/09/07/exclusive-paris-busted-for-dui/" target="_hplink"> busted for a suspected DUI</a> on September 9, 2006 in Hollywood.
The "24" star was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20058518,00.html" target="_hplink">picked up</a> in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2007 in Hollywood for a suspected DUI.
The Motley Crue singer was <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37975071/ns/today-entertainment/t/vince-neil-arrested-dui-charge-las-vegas/" target="_hplink">arrested for drunken driving</a> near the Las Vegas strip on June 27, 2010.
Charlie Sheen's porn star pal and former "goddess" was picked up for a suspected DUI in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 3, 2011.
He might have seen dead people in "The Sixth Sense" but he was probably seeing double when he was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/08/30/haley-joel-mugs-for-cop-cam/" target="_hplink">picked up for a DUI</a> -- and misdemeanor marijuana possession -- on August 18, 2006 after crashing his car into a tree.
The former "Partridge Family" star wasn't singing a pretty tune when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI November 3, 2010 in Florida.
The "American Pie" actor was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1048961,00.html" target="_hplink">arrested in 2005</a> (pictured above) for drunken driving, and faced a <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20394415,00.html" target="_hplink">second DUI charge</a> on June 16, 2010 after being arrested in Los Angeles.
The actress was arrested on January 5, 2011, where she registered a 0.22 blood alcohol level, which is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/jaime-pressly-dui-three-times-legal-blood-alcohol-limit-when-arrested_n_807193.html" target="_hplink">almost three times the legal limit.</a>
The "Melrose Place" actress was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2008/09/28/heather-locklear-busted/" target="_hplink">busted for a suspected DUI</a> on September 27, 2008 near Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Black Eyed Peas singer (real name: Jaime Luis Gomez) was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20016215,00.html" target="_hplink">arrested on March 27, 2007</a> near Los Angeles for driving under the influence.
The former "Lost" star was arrested on December 1, 2005 for drunk driving in Hawaii.
The actor was <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/09/23/entertainment/main522969.shtml" target="_hplink">arrested on February 11, 2009</a> in Malbu, Calif., for a suspected DUI.
The boxer was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., on December 29, 2006, for driving under the influence.
Mickey Rouke was arrested for driving under the influence -- <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20159158,00.html" target="_hplink">on a vespa</a> -- on November 8, 2007.
The "Hills" star -- and sister to Spencer -- was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20313582,00.html" target="_hplink">arrested on October 18, 2009</a> for a suspected DUI in Hollywood.
Flo Rida was busted in Florida on June 9, 2011 for <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2011/06/09/flo-rida-dui-arrested-miami-beach-police-pulled-over-car-swerving-processed-county-jail-rapper/" target="_hplink">a suspected DUI</a> while driving a million-dollar car. Yikes.
You're an internationally renowned popstar. You have a very large entourage and crew. Your staff is travelling across borders in buses onto which you could store pretty much anything. Oh. And wait. Last week on March 20, your buses got stopped at the Windsor/ Detroit border where one of your employees was in possession of drugs.
So. Umm. Yeah. Our customs officials kind of have an obligation to take these matters seriously so they were doing their job when they stopped the buses.
As the daughter of a customs official, I've heard the stories of what these employees have to put up with. Nobody likes crossing the border, but guess what? The officials with their stern looks and their questions about what we're bringing across and why we're bringing it, do not later congregate in the break room chuckling about the family of four whose six suitcases they ransacked. It's their job. It's a stressful job because if anything or anyone does get across that shouldn't, the repercussions can be tragic.
So maybe Rihanna was put out because her tour buses got stopped for a second time at a Canadian border, but the onus of responsibility is on her shoulders to ensure that her staff is smart enough to ditch their stash before going through customs.
Canadians may have a reputation for being polite and politically correct, but we aren't stupid. If you're going to smoke a joint while you're at the border, we have noses. We can smell it. So don't stand on a stage all high and mighty and ask us, Canadian citizens, to shout obscenities at our customs officials. And don't do it when my kid is sitting right next to me.
Please and thank you.
Follow Sandra Charron on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SandraSheWrites