I think a good number of us remember that Sunday three years ago when the news broke that Rihanna and Chris Brown would not be attending the Grammy Awards. Later on, we found out why. They were in his car, a fight broke out, and he ended up beating her profusely and supposedly, she fought back.
Let me be the first to say, that I, in no way, agree with his actions and I think what he did was extremely ignorant. I think it also hit close to home for a lot of women like me, ones who have been in Rihanna’s shoes, ones who have been a punching bag for a man, and even the ones who others would say “deserved it”. Being one of those women, I don’t believe that any woman deserves to have hands laid on her by a man. So what if you were fighting? So what if she said something she didn’t mean? So what!
My main issue with this situation is that… Chris Brown suffered minimal consequence for what he did. He didn’t serve jail time and while his image suffered briefly, the media was right back at worshiping him again a few months later. Now, I realize that there are two sides to every story and perhaps she dealt the first punch. But regardless, it was her we saw the pictures of and it was him we saw throwing chairs through windows and repeatedly calling people ‘faggots’ — that doesn’t exactly help his image as ‘battered boyfriend defending himself’.
When will the media and fans stop worshiping people like him? And more importantly, why is he still seen as a role model?