A recent segment on NPR about the rehabilitation of Chris Brown’s career is cause for alarm. No, not because we should care about Chris Brown’s career as a pop singer — but because his young (mostly female) fans, as fervent as ever, continue to support him not only as an artist but as a person.
After his brutal beating of his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, one would hope that young people would place responsibility for the violence squarely on Chris Brown. But that’s not the case. Brown’s young, female fans, who continue to support him, blamed Rihanna then and still blame her now for the violence he inflicted upon her. One young fan interviewed by NPR outside of one of Brown’s recent concerts said of the incident, “Obviously she played a part in getting beat, or whatever … However you want to put it.” Keep reading »
A California woman has been forced to pay her rapist — who happens to be her ex — a monthly living stipend. Say what?
Such is the ruling of a Judge Gregory Pollock. Crystal Harris successfully convicted her ex-husband Shawn Harris of forced oral copulation and he is now serving time in prison. But upon his release from jail, she’ll have to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony. Pollack cited Harris’ higher income — 11k a month —as the main reason. But in the state of California, attempted murder (!) is the only crime that forgives the alimony program. (Harris, sensibly, wants to change that.)
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In a money-saving measure, the city of Topeka, Kansas, is considering decriminalizing domestic violence so that it is not forced to prosecute the cases.
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After the suicide of her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong
, Taylor Armstrong
of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
” largely laid low. Then last week, a photo of Taylor with a black eye surfaced—apparently, she gave the evidence of the fact that she was abused by Russell to “Entertainment Tonight.” Last night, the show aired its segment with Taylor. In it, she talks in detail about being beaten. “The first time he ever really harmed me physically, I was pregnant with Kennedy and he grabbed me by the throat and held me up against a wall. Nothing had really happened to set him off, so I saw his ability to go from zero to 60 that quickly,” Taylor explained. “I had made pizza for his children before he got home from work, and he came into the master bedroom and grabbed me by the neck and shoved me against the wall and he said, `If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I’ll kill you.’”
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Topman, the men’s version of the British chain Topshop, has pulled two super-douchey T-shirts.
One of Topman’s Ts suggests domestic violence with the words up top, “I’m so sorry but …” and then a checklist of excuses like “you provoked me,” “I was drunk,” and “I didn’t mean it.” Ick, right? The other, which you can see after the jump, makes a crack that the “ugly women are dogs” thing with the phrase, “Nice new girlfriend: what breed is she?” Double-ick. Keep reading »