Rihanna & Chris Brown collaboration – does it condone domestic violence?

There have been a lot of rumours circling that Rihanna has re-kindled her love with her ex Chris Brown after several Twitter messages were exchanged between the pair (and even Chris’ mum) of late… But now, the two have collaborated on their tracks “Birthday Cake” and “Turn up the music”, further fuelling speculation and anger from fans that Brown and Rihanna are in fact, back together after their 2009 break-up.

Chris Brown tweeted “Let them be mad!!!! We make music. Don’t like it, don’t listen!”. I’m all for that philosophy, Chris Brown, but I don’t think it’s the music that’s the issue here. I think it might have something to do with the fact that YOU BEAT YOUR GIRLFRIEND. And, that is not ok. It is NEVER ok.

Their past relationship was an abusive one and Rihanna didn’t hide that fact, eventually speaking quite openly about it. She was quoted as saying “I don’t want to be the big domestic-violence spokesperson, because that doesn’t define who I am. But if I can help young women in any way, and that being one of the things they need help with, then I’ll do that”.

I think we do put a lot of emphasis and pressure on celebrities to be role models and at the end of the day, they are only human too; that said though, the reality is that Rihanna is one of the biggest pop-stars on the planet, constantly in the public eye and has millions of young girls who look up to her. Her fame almost condones her behaviour, whatever that may be. I can’t even begin to imagine what she has been through, but the fact that she is so famous HAS made her a role model to a lot of people and hence to some extent, she needs to take responsibility for that. I’m not arguing that people should act in a manner so as to the benefit or pleasure of others, but let’s be honest: shaking up with her abusive ex is just as bad for Rihanna as it is for the rest of the world.

This situation is clearly severely complex and no doubt there is a lot we don’t know, but at the core of it, the fact remains: a guy physically beat his girlfriend, and there is no reasoning that will ever make that acceptable. It doesn’t really matter who they are, but the fact that they are both public figures that now appear to be playing nice, conveys the message to the world that behaviour such as Brown’s is tolerable.

Is it all one big publicity stunt? Are Rihanna and Brown simply milking their turbulent past encounters in the aim of gaining more fame and fortune? Are they genuinely back together? Does it matter? Is the fact that Rihanna is even speaking to Chris Brown (let alone collaborating with or dating him), sending the wrong message to other victims of domestic violence?

What do we think, Moxettes?

Mia x

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