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Cathy Meyer

Chris Brown and Rihanna: Reunited or Publicity Stunt?

By February 24, 2012

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Recently we've seen Chris Brown perform during the Grammy Awards. There is an upcoming release of new songs by both he and Rihanna in which they collaborate. And now rumor is they are talking with producers about making an appearance on this season's American Idol.

Miranda Lambert shared what many feel about this situation on twitter. "Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl ... Not cool that we act like that didn't happen."

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow defended the decision of booking Brown for the Grammy Awards, remarking that evaluating artists on their personal lives is a "slippery slope that we wouldn't want to get into." "What he did was a personal thing -- it had nothing to do with his career," he said.

I'm more inclined to agree with Miranda Lambert's take on the situation than that of Neil Portnow. As a society we owe it to our younger generation to hold Chris Brown accountable for the domestic abuse of Rihanna.

We also owe it to our younger generation to point out to Rihanna that she is not doing herself any favors by "forgiving" and returning to any sort of relationship with a man who beat her up. Yes, what happened was a "personal thing" but it happened to people who do not live private lives and due to that it is their obligation to set an example for those who buy their records and go to their concerts.

The Recording Academy, Chris Brown, Rihanna and anyone who chooses to feature their new songs are putting money before the best interest of the young women who look up to these two. The example that is being set is being ignored so others can pad their bank accounts. To me, that is disturbing and a sign of what is wrong in society today.

Some say that Brown did his time, he attended his anger management courses, and he did his community service, he has paid his debt to society. We should let it go and leave him alone. But does paying your debt to society mean you've changed, that you are less likely to beat a woman again.

Or, are Chris Brown's tweets and belligerent attitude a better indication of what could be in store for Rihanna or any woman who angers him? His responses to those who call him out are very telling. They aren't the words of a man who is remorseful but one who is full of himself and is quite defensive and arrogant.

Tweets to Miranda Lambert:

"Hate all you want because I got a grammy now! That's the ultimate f*** off."

"Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out! Go buy Miranda Lambert album! So motivational and 'PERFECT'!"

His tweet to WWE wrestler CM Punk who challenged Brown to fight someone who could defend themselves.

"I really hope this 15 minutes of fame is paying you for the long run becuz music last forever! Wrestlers come and go according to ratings!"

My opinion, Chris Brown is an individual who is being rewarded for violence toward a woman. The system we as a society rely on for protection and organizations that should be concerned with the message they send have been corrupted by money. Chris Brown will never suffer the full consequences of his abuse of Rihanna but young women who buy into what they are being fed for the sake of publicity will.

Educate Yourself About Domestic Abuse:

A Comprehensive Look At Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Screening Test

The Difference Between Domestic Abuse and Normal Relationship Conflict

How To Leave an Abusive Relationship

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