So, some time last week I was on Yahoo Instant Messenger and one of my friends sent me yet another YouTube Chris Brown and Rihanna clip. Check it out.
This most certainly wasn’t the first and only popular YouTube clip of these two circulating the internet.
Well, the second one was the first one I saw and the next day I saw it posted on one of the blogs I frequent. Now I laughed at the Mortal Kombat one and sent it to all of my friends on my YIM list, and I hooted and holla’d when I saw the first one. But then in the midst of the absolute laughing that I had, I thought to myself, Are we really lampooning domestic violence?
In the black community, we’ve had very high profile domestic violence cases over the years. First to mind is the whole Ike and Tina mess, Mike Tyson and Robin Givens alleged spousal abuse, the probable spousal abuse from one Orenthal James Simpson to his now deceased wife, and more recently the Fool Fest that is Juanita Bynum and her former spouse Bishop Thomas Weeks. The whole Juanita Bynum spectacle garnered such magnanimity that Professor Jonathan Walton wrote an open letter to Bynum that went viral–not a YouTube video.
I emailed a colleague the first YouTube video and his response was that he lost all respect for Rihanna and of course for Chris Brown because she went back to him–and he added it probably had more to do with PR purposes than anything else. Well, I’m more or less agreeing with my colleague on this one. How are we supposed to take this whole thing seriously since it turned into the biggest media story of that week? She went back to him–and they went to P. Diddy for counseling!!!!
Take care of ya own kids bruh and let Chrianna work out their own problems!!
I think these lampoon videos are indicative of just how surreal celebrity life is. No one lampoons the stories we hear of women beaten or killed by abusive spouses on our local late night news.
That would just be unconscienable.
But, I think the ability to make such intricate comedic clips proves my gut feeling:
I don’t think Chris Brown beat Rihanna.
Yeah, I said it.
Somehow we all believed that OJ beat Nichole Brown and that “he did it.” We know and believed Ike knocked the hell out of Tina, and made her “eat the cake” as well. We even believe that Juanita Bynum had gotten stuck by Bishop Thomas Weeks (although maybe provoked to hit her). Somehow, deep down, I don’t think most of us, from the teeny-boppers to adults who actually paid enough attention, actually think Chris Brown did this. It doesn’t fit his M.O. as we see in the public. Most of us have this clean cut image of the guy who was even on Sesame Street singing with Elmo. A woman beater–a Rihanna woman beater–we just don’t believe it.
Not to mention that he had to have been one helluva driver to beat her while driving, I’m just not convinced about the veracity of the whole thing as presented by the media. Am I denying she was beat, not totally, but um, anyone seen “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” ?
Believe it or not, I still haven’t seen this movie from beginning to end, but Chris Brown is um–Chris Brown. And from all accounts, he “runs it” with a lot of people. And I’ve personally heard with both sexes, but this is Atlanta, erryone is gay is down here if you let some people tell the story. Regardless, the two main stories are that either Rihanna had confronted Chris with a text message from another chick or that she all of a sudden had herpes. Both are unconfirmed, but both involve relationship infidelity.
Now, if you go to minute 4:20 you’ll see one possible scenario:
No one EVAR talks about women slapping the hell out of men.
Not excusing a man going postal on a woman for whatever reason, but what homegirl was wrong, but still indicative of how many women react toward men when infidelity occurs. Not to mention the plethora of problems behind the philosophy that anytime a black man doesn’t want a black woman that it’s because the black man can’t handle a**clears throat**
strong black woman
But that’s another post.
Well, I’m not fully saying that Rihanna inflicted those bruises herself per the clip at about 8:30, but damn, these various LA suburb and Hollywood police departments deal with celebrities all the time, and know how to be discreet–but magically Rihanna’s picture is the one that gets leaked out.
All of this just doesn’t sit right.
And what do we say if she actually inflicted those wounds herself?
Did I mention she went back to the guy?
In the post Chrianna fallout, what do yo have to say about the whole foolishness? Do you think Chris Brown really did hit her? If he did, was she merely the victim of what happens to many other women who feel trapped–even though Rihanna is far from being trapped in this relationship. Are these lampoon videos appropriate or should we take them for face value and just laugh?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL