“She deserved it.” “She had it coming to her!” “Who cares when his music is so amazing?” Yeah okay; maybe Chris Brown shouldn’t have cheated on Riha… Oh wait. He didn’t cheat on her did he? He beat her, bit her, slapped her, strangled her and threatened to kill her. But from those rash and pathetic statements so many people have made all over the internet, you’d think all the R&B “superstar” had done was play around behind Rihanna’s back. Alas, no. Fans have been making excuses for Brown, merely because they like his nasal R&B-lite songs and his ‘innocent’ chipmunk face. The Chrianna incident has elicited mostly negative responses towards Chris in the media, including his huge sponsorship deals in America being pulled, like his ‘Got Milk?’ campaign which was cancelled. The ad featured Chris saying, “Teens who drink milk tend to be leaner and the protein helps build muscle”. Muscle to physically abuse girlfriends and wives? The campaign was cancelled due to the positive image the Milk Moustache adverts wanted to instil – what’s positive about a woman-beating beast? Not a lot, you’d think. But people are still standing by him, even going as far as saying that the disturbing and unsettling picture of Rihanna’s horrendous injuries, taken under an hour after the attack, which was accidentally leaked to the press by the LAPD, is a fake or doctored (even after confirmation that it is indeed Rihanna). The whole situation makes Rihanna’s song, ‘Emergency Room’ seem even more unsettling and poignant. Brown’s super fans are so sure this didn’t happen, even though there’ve been no denials from either camp, no statements, no nothing. Just a stony, depressingly certifying silence. So just because they’re a celebrity couple it can’t happen? They’re so styled, so gorgeous, so rich…it wouldn’t happen. Wrong. It’s just as likely to happen to a pop-masterpiece-singing Glamazon hours before she is due to perform at the Grammys as it is to a council estate mum-of-two just before she goes to the chippy. Deal with it, don’t endorse it.
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