I’m Not Okay with Chris Brown Performing at the Grammys and I’m Not Sure Why You AreSasha Pasulka
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Planned Parenthood, no doubt, has a well-funded and fine-tuned PR machine, adept at galvanizing a population against a perceived injustice. They outmaneuvered Komen easily.

Does domestic violence have a less sophisticated PR machine than Chris Brown does?

Because to me, this situation isn’t all that different. Accepting that Chris Brown gets to perform at the Grammys because some people bought his album is no different from accepting that women without health insurance don’t get to be screened for breast cancer because some VP at Komen is anti-abortion. It may happen, but that doesn’t mean we should tacitly accept it. What if Chris Brown had hit your sister that night? Or your daughter? (What if Chris Brown had hit Taylor Swift that night?)

We’re accepting the message that women just aren’t that important, that their health and their safety and their self-respect is only important until it stops being convenient for everyone. We should be angry about this, and we should be angry publicly about this.

So I want to say this to anyone who is listening: This is not okay with me. A man hitting a woman in anger is unacceptable and is not easily forgotten or forgiven. A man who hits a woman in anger deserves to be reported to the authorities and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of who might be inconvenienced in the process. A man who hits a woman in anger may eventually be permitted to go on with his own life, but he is not permitted back in my life, even if it’s been three whole years.

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  18. When we stop supporting Charlie Sheen (the highest paid actor on TV) then I’ll be NOT okay with Chris Brown.

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    • I couldn’t have said it better myself. There has been a lot of outcry against Chris Brown from (White) feminists, acting like he invented domestic violence, but ignoring the fact that we still love and support people like Mark Wahlberg, who beat an elderly man in a racist attack, or Charlie Sheen, or Sean Connery, who has and continues to advocate for beating women who are too mouthy. When Roman Polanski was arrested at the Cannes film festival, Hollywood stars flocked to show their support of a man who drugged and raped a fourteen year old and then fled the country.

      This does not mean that I do not support Rihanna — I do. She’s amazing and strong, and I look up to her for being herself and doing her thing. What I want is more accountability for White men who commit similar assaults. When we acknowledge that Black and brown men are not the only perpetrators of this kind of violence, I will show the outrage this piece asks for.

  19. Making music is Chris Brown’s job. It is his career. Do we tell other people, no you can never do you job ever again because you beat up your girl friend. You just can never ever do you job again. Did they tell KOBE BRYANT he could never play basketball again after he raped a woman? Nope. Kobe still plays, and he’s good too. Chris Brown can still perform, and he’s good to.

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