Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Not ok.

Image from Fit For A Femme

I know that my blog is very young and that it may not be appropriate to go on a ranting rampage so soon after I started it but I just need to get this off my chest.

Chris Brown being invited to perform at the grammys? Not ok.
Chris Brown being welcomed with open arms and recieving a standing ovation at the grammys? NOT OK.
This reaction to Chris Brown at the grammys? WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON WITH THE WORLD???

If you don't feel like clicking the link, that's ok, I understand. However I'm just going to give a couple of examples of what it is. The article is titled, 25 extremely Upsetting Reactions to Chris Brown at the Grammys, they are tweets from young women, and they generally look like this: "I don't know why Rhianna complained. Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to." and "I'd let Chris Brown beat me any day."

This makes me want to cry with anger at how thoroughly society has failed these girls, that they think it is ok to have so little respect for not only themselves, but for any woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. Chris Brown did this to Rhianna. He beat his partner. Why on earth is the music industry condoning this behaviour by acting like it never happened, and not only that, but by welcoming him back like the prodigal son? What kind of message is that sending to women, whether victims of violence or not? To me that says, it's ok if he hit you, we will pretend it didn't happen, we don't respect you enough to kick up a fuss, to send out the message that it is not ok to use violence, whether in a moment of anger or otherwise, it is ok to hit women, as long as you make good (or sub-par) music.

How do we get the message across that domestic violence is not ok, when this shit is happening? I am so disappointed in humanity right now. And I am so sorry to anyone, man or woman who has ever experienced domestic violence. It is not ok, and it should not happen.

I just discovered that HelloGiggles have a really good article on this topic if you want to read more

Thanks for reading, Melissa.

P.S. I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day!

R just alerted me to this video
I like it! At least someone in the media realised how ridiculous the whole thing is.

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