Chris Brown's verbal sparring with comedian Jenny Johnson on Twitter, which caused him to quit the social media network, continues to make waves. On The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Brown's tweets "verbal rape."
Whoopi Goldberg disagreed, saying that it was verbal assault, not rape. Verbal assault? Verbal rape? Isn't this sort of diminishing actual rape? Can you really verbally rape someone?! Let's look more closely at what Chris said to Jenny. Make sure your kids aren't near the pooter ...
Sooooo once Jenny got the ball rolling, telling Chris he was a "piece of shit," Chris began lambasting her. (For the record, Jenny gave back as good as she got but managed to keep it a tad classier.)
Here's what he said:
- Take those teeth out when u sucking my d*ck, ho
- Mom says hello ... she told me not to shart in your mouth, wanted me to s**t right on the retina
- I should fart while you're giving me top
Now, none of this was exactly nice. But Jenny HAS been sending out scathing tweets to Chris Brown for at least two years. Maybe he just got fed up? Not that I'm defending him, because nothing could ever erase his doucheness. But let's just say his verbal attack (rape?) wasn't entirely unprovoked. But can you provoke verbal rape? Is that victim blaming? Is that the equivalent of telling young girls not to wear "slutty outfits" or they might get assaulted? I'm so confused.
I think the problem here is that Jenny Johnson, who is a self-described "asshole," is scathing but undeniably witty. Chris Brown, who has no wit, had to fight back with the only tools he has: brutality and crassness. So this was an unfair fight from the beginning. He may have stronger arms than Rihanna, but he has a much weaker tongue than Jenny.
Do you think there is such a thing as "verbal rape"?