I know I know, I'm a bad feminist... Good thing that's not one of my aspirations in life.
But on the topic of Chris Brown I really do feel sorry for him (Rihanna, too). Watching him slowly fall from A-list to B-list celebrity has been hard to watch. Why? Because in some of ways both of them were victims. Rih Rih and Chris both grew up in abusive household environments. They were already exposed to the cycle of violence that SO many young couples find themselves. Chris Brown and Rihanna were violent towards EACH OTHER. And I am NOT excusing what Chris Brown did, he beat the shit out of Rihanna and that's never cool. But is stripping his career the way to get either of them the help they need to prevent this from happening in the future? Chris Brown has issues that he needs to deal with, not any different from T.I.'s legal trouble or Lil Wayne's NOTORIOUS drug habit. There are plenty of police officers, politicians, and other people of importance that physically and emotional abuse their partners without their careers going down the drain. Chris Browns career didn't make him hit Rihanna, nor did her career make her a victim (although some may say being a victim certainly helped her career, which is equally fucked up). So boycotting the music of a talented artist as a way to protest his abusiveness is completely counterproductive. After all, how can he afford treatment if doesn't have a job?
Although I will admit... he does not deserve a career if he wears these pants again. Fail, fail, EPIC FAIL!