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Evening Quickies: Loretta Devine Defends “Youthful Boy” Chris Brown

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  • “The Client List” actress Loretta Devine defended her “This Christmas” costar Chris Brown on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, saying, “Love is love, you know? And he wasn’t the first one to hit somebody.” She also called him a “very youthful boy,” which I suspect is her way of saying he was/is as immature as we all suspect. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Seal who? Heidi Klum might already have a new dude: sources say she’s dating ad exec Thomas Hayo, a fellow judge on “Germany’s Next Top Model.” [NYMag.com]
  • Victoria Beckham’s birthday cake was a depressing pile of fruit. I mean, a healthy pile of fruit. [BuzzFeed]
  • Well, Nelly Furtado’s new song “Big Hoops” doesn’t leave much to the imagination, does it? [PopBytes]
  • IKEA is introducing flat-screen TV sets. Don’t worry, you don’t need to assemble it yourself. [The FW] Keep reading »

About Those Michael Fassbender/Domestic Assault Rumors

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Micheal Fassbender says his penis is no big deal. We beg to disagree. Read More »
Happy Birthday, Michael Fassbender: 35 Things To Love About Him

It’s no secret that we’re big fans around here of Michael Fassbender’s smoking hot body and drool-worthy mug. But it has come to our attention from commenters, both on past posts about Fassbender and on a slideshow we did yesterday in honor of his 35th birthday, that all is not roses in Fassyland. According to a March 2010 blog post on TMZ, an ex-girlfriend accused Michael Fassbender of being violent towards her and filed a petition for a restraining order against him. Keep reading »

British Actor Helpfully Explains Why “It’s Not Difficult For A Woman To Make A Man Hit Her”

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“It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. … The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in … and I … I lashed out. I couldn’t end the argument. Something must have brought it on. When frustration builds up and you can’t think of a way out… It happened and I’m very, very ashamed of it. … She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different.”

I don’t know who the British actor Dennis Waterman is, but his why-I-punched-my-wife logic makes him sounds like he’s the Mel Gibson of the UK. The actor was on Piers Morgan’s talk shows discussing his rough 1998 divorce from actress Rula Lenska, who claimed he had a drinking problem and that he beat her. Dennis doesn’t dispute he had a hand in the drinking, but the hitting? Well, that’s just not his fault. (Of course not.)

Dennis has been condemned by the British anti-violence group Refuge, which issued a no-duh statement “No one can make their partner hit them.”  [The F Word via Mirror UK]

Why New “Clare’s Law” On Domestic Violence In The UK Doesn’t Have Advocates Thrilled

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Why DV Victims Stay
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You might think that advocates for victims of domestic violence might be thrilled about a proposal that would, in theory, positively affect their life’s work. So why is a new pilot program called “Clare’s Law,” spearheaded by the father of a woman murdered by her abusive partner and set to go into effect this summer, getting a cool reception?  Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Facts About Rihanna And Other Abused Women

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Chris Brown is on Rihanna's remix of her song "Birthday Cake." Read More »
Rihanna's Forgiveness
Collaborating? Rihanna takes her forgiveness of Chris Brown too far. Read More »
"American Idol" Duet?
Will Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on "American Idol"? Read More »

With Chris Brown and Rihanna releasing two remixes together and rumors of them seeing each other flying, it’s understandable to feel disappointed in Rihanna. It’s hard watching anyone step into such an obvious trap, especially when she’s been warned repeatedly of how dangerous it is. Add to that the fear that Rihanna’s choice to forgive Brown sends a signal to young fans that domestic violence is no big deal, and you have more than enough justifications to be upset with Rihanna.

But if you sincerely want to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in our society, I beg you to refrain from judging her. Strange as it may sound, judging women who return to their abusers only makes the problem worse. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Rihanna Takes Her Forgiveness Of Chris Brown Too Far With Musical Collaboration

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A timeline of Rihanna and Chris Brown's relationship. Read More »
Chris Brown's Abuse
On why our culture must take domestic violence more seriously. Read More »
Rihanna Provoked Chris?
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Did Rihanna tweet that she "provoked" Chris Brown? Read More »

When the internet started to buzz with the rumor that Rihanna had invited Chris Brown to guest on the remix of her song “Birthday Cake,” my instant reaction was disbelief. She wouldn’t… I thought. Sure, there had been signs that Rihanna had rekindled a bit of a friendship with her ex, who famously beat her to the point of being hospitalized in 2009, but to collaborate with him? A recent video for the song “We Found Love” seemed to reference the unhealthy and abusive nature of that relationship — surely the next step wouldn’t be to make music with the guy?

Alas, it appears the rumors are true. The song is set to be released this week [UPDATE: Two songs have been released, which you can listen to here.] and it’s all but confirmed that Brown appears on the track, allegedly recorded without her label knowing about it. (Brown has also hinted that Rihanna appears on the upcoming remix of “Turn Up The Music.”) Rihanna has tweeted a number of messages that suggest she’s aware of the negative response the collaboration is garnering; “Go head talk shit…its all in da paper!!! Lemme grab my dick while ya sit on top!!!” she wrote late last week. Sigh. She can be dismissive of the criticism, but I am going to do my best not to be dismissive of her in mine. Keep reading »

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