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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Role Models?

Three years ago on the eve of the Grammys, Chris Brown beat his now ex-, pop star, Rihanna. Even though Brown is currently serving five years' probation for this assault, they are back together again but this time making music. As soon as this was announced, it became a popular topic on almost every social network.
It was perfect timing for Brown to reveal, via twitter, about his new songs since he just performed and won at this year's Grammys. He may have done this as a way to defend his involvement at the event because there was tension that night over the performance. One of the main anti-Brown protestors, Miranda Lambert, commented via Twitter about Brown tweeting, "Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl... Not cool that we act like that didn't happen." While it does seem that because Brown is such a popular artist right now society is overlooking his act of violence, it is important to remember that the domestic abuse was an event in his personal life. Furthermore, only recently has Brown been involved in public events. Executive producer Ken Ehrlich for the Grammy’s commented on his performance and stated, "We're glad to have him back. I think people deserve a second chance, you know. If you'll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened."
Brown should not forever be ostracized for his mistake but he should make more of an effort to apologize for it. Since he is a public figure his actions need to reflect the responsibility he is taking. Obviously Rihanna has forgiven Brown for brutally beating her, but how can the public do the same when he continues to have Twitter rants such as this one: "Our society is full or rappers (which I listen to) who have sold drugs (poisoning)"... "but yet we glorify them and imitate everything they do. Then right before the worlds eyes a man shows how he can make a Big mistake and Learn from it, but still has to deal with the day to day hatred." If Brown showed more self control the public would be able to forgive him sooner.
In Rihanna's case, fans only show more disappointment with the way she is handling her abuser. In her interview in Rolling Stones she said, "I just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing-- it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows--that definitely made it difficult for him."
While Rihanna is showing her support for other artists and maturity for the act Brown committed against her, she is no longer being a strong advocator against domestic violence. While the public may think it is too soon for her to start having contact with Brown, she is demonstrating that she is able to forgive and move on with her life. Hopefully another romance will not resume and instead they will address their efforts against domestic abuse.

Quotes from LA Times article, “Chris Brown, Rihanna collaborations spark controversy.”


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