Do you realize it's been four years since Rihanna was forced to skip the Grammy Awards because her boyfriend had beaten the ever living snot out of her? FOUR years. And yet, here we are again, talking about Chris Brown and Rihanna at the Grammys.
The Barbadian singer decided to follow the Grammys dress code -- despite her threat to ignore it -- and she looked absolutely stunning in red. It's too bad she didn't ignore Breezy too.
Too bad for her, that is ...
The couple that shouldn't be was caught canoodling in a photo that's hard to look at not for what it shows but what it represents: a smart, sexy, successful woman who still can't get out of her own way.
Sad. But it's not our problem. It's Rihanna's.
She has chosen to reconcile with her domestic abuser despite a nation of people holding their hands out to help her. Rihanna even decided to let Chris Brown share her spotlight on Grammy night, a night that carries so many bad memories for them. If that doesn't speak volumes about the cycle of domestic violence, I don't know what does.
So ... are we ready to give Rihanna a break, yet America? For four years, we have expected her to step up and be some perfect example of how to move past domestic violence. And every time she stumbles, we get angry with her.
It's time we stop. NOW.
So Rihanna hasn't moved past domestic violence? So she is still caught up in the cycle? Need I remind you that she is the victim here. In fact, she is a perfect example of a domestic violence victim ... forgiving, accepting of apologies, willing to believe the best about her abuser, and unable to move on.
If we want to really talk about domestic violence in this country, we need to recognize that, recognize that women like Rihanna don't simply get better because we WANT them to. They need to find the strength and the support to escape the cycle, and that's neither easy nor quick. And it's even harder when you're a victim being attacked for, well, being a victim.
Do you get angry with Rihanna when you see her with Chris Brown? Why?
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