Return of a Deadbeat

The other night while channel surfing we landed on The Grammy Awards.  During Chris Brown’s “comeback” performance.


I don’t follow much celebrity gossip, but I know enough to know that he was arrested for beating up his girlfriend.  I saw the terrible pictures of her abused face, and like most people I was deeply disturbed.  Back when it happened, I thought we’d never hear from Chris Brown again.

Apparently, I was wrong.

As Chris Brown leaped and flipped and crooned across the stage in front of a televised audience of 40 million people, all I could think was “are you kidding me?!”  He received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd.  Applause and adulation.  Apparently, he made a triumphant return.


Football player Michael Vick was sentenced to two years in jail for abusing dogs, and now that he is back on the field he’s still dodging angry folks who can’t get over his crime.  So, why are people not equally angry about a HUMAN abuser making a grand return to the spotlight?  I respect our legal system and I appreciate that some past criminals deserve a second chance once they’ve paid their debt to society, but in my opinion Chris Brown got off easy.  He was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor.  What a coward.

I have no idea what went on in the relationship between Chris Brown and Rihanna, but as far as I’m concerned abuse of any kind should never be tolerated or forgotten.  Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.  Sadly, every year 10 million kids witness domestic abuse.  Even more shocking, every day three women are murdered by the man they thought they loved.  If you or someone you love is a victim of abuse, seek help from the police, your doctor or or 800-799-SAFE.

I have to wonder how Rihanna’s parents felt the other night as the man who beat their daughter danced around as if nothing was amiss.  Did they want to rip the microphone from his slimy hands? Did they want to scream at all the fans dancing and cheering him on?  Did they want to tear into his face the same way he tore into their daughter?  Because I can promise I’d do all that (and more) if a man ever lays a finger on my precious daughter.

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  1. Diana says:

    Maureen, I feel the same way!!! It makes me sick. Did you see this article about all the twitter activity about him?​mjs538/​horrible-reactions-to-chris-bro​wn-at-the-grammys
    Girls saying they would let him beat them up because he’s so hot. I have a 2 year old daughter and I can’t believe the world she will grow up in.

  2. Darci says:

    I know, i don’t get it. It seems to be “cool” or something. I find it disgusting. Abusing an animal or person makes me mad and shouldn’t be “praised”.

  3. Courtney says:

    It’s terrible. Thank goodness for women like you who won’t tolerate this. While you’re teaching Evie that no person has the right to hurt her, I’ll be teaching my boys that it is NEVER okay to hit someone, and especially someone they are in a romantic relationship with.

  4. erin says:

    i was never a fan of his, but even if he had the best voice on earth i wouldnt buy his music. i know we all dont really know what went down that night, but regardless, there is never a reason to hurt another human being like that. man to woman, or woman to man. and esp. adult to child.

  5. Sarah says:

    I agree with you but remember that Chris Brown came from a childhood in which he witnessed domestic abuse regularly. It is very much a learned behavior. A lot of that uncontrolled anger is born from the hatred a child can have toward someone who is hurting a loved one. Just as you said you would tear his face off if he hurt your daughter, he felt the same way toward his step-father, and that anger and hatred was never dealt with properly and he became what he despised most, a beater of women. It’s sad really.

  6. Molly says:

    Have you seen what Chris Brown tweeted after he won?: “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY. Now! That’s the ultimate F-CK OFF”

    That is disgusting. Let the grammy’s know how you feel:

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