In Hot Topics today the convo of choice is about singers Chris Brown and Rihanna and Brown, 19, allegedly beating up his 20-year-old, R&B superstar girlfriend. I know nothing about these two characters other than I don’t care for Brown’s music and don’t see what’s remotely attractive about him (as he looks like he’s 12) and Rihanna is almost as ubiquitous as Beyonce at this point in visibility.
I’ve heard that Chris apparently came from a rough household. That’s messed up and all, but what does that have to do with using your girlfriend as a punching bag? And I can pretty much predict what will happen here based on what always happens in the real world when some guy beats up his girlfriend.
She probably won’t press charges. Maybe they’ll quietly break up. Since they’re famous, someone will go on Oprah (or Tyra or somewhere) and cry. Brown will probably lose his deal with Wrigley’s if the publicity gets too ugly. No one will get help. Brown will probably never deal with his issues because it’s hard for men to reach out of help regarding anything, let alone woman-beating issues as most women abusers don’t think they have a problem. And being a celebrity means never having to admit you need intense psychologically therapy to deal with whatever messed up shit happened to you to make you think it was ever cool to hit your girlfriend.
And Rihanna probably won’t take the time to figure out how she ended up in a relationship where she would be on the receiving end to a punch in the first place. Maybe she’ll figure it out sooner than Halle Berry who had to go through a few messed up marriages and decades of depression before she switched over to a new brand of (less) crazy.
The sad thing is that Brown and Rihanna are both incredibly young and can learn from this horrible incident, but their fame and money will probably mean nothing will really change because who is going to tell the breadwinner, the star, the person holding all the checks that they need to check themselves? Who’s going to risk getting kicked off the gravy train by telling the truth? Who’s going to say “No. Stop. Don’t?”
Hope those kids get some help if the story is true. Because that’s what they are. Kids.