TMZ has gone too far

20 02 2009

I’m sure all of you have heard about the charges against Chris Brown of domestic violence. Unfortunately, I was shocked to hear today that someone has leaked a photo of Rihanna after her attack. It is very graphic and upsetting, so I definitely will not be reposting it here.

When I first heard about the charges against Chris Brown, I was glad that it seemed he was going to be held accountable for his actions. Unfortunately the incident has also magnified to me the widespread stereotypes and misinformation about domestic violence in the United States. I was not prepared to have something so graphic and private leaked to a celebrity gossip site. Rumours say that the paparazzi was offering at least 1,000 dollars to anyone who would give the photos from the file. It saddens me that even the media cannot have any decent respect for a young woman who obviously is going through one of the toughest times of her life. There is no regard for Rihanna as a person (if she is the victim; it hasn’t been officially confirmed); hasn’t she gone through enough? I would love to hear the justification of posting that horrible photo online.

It seems that the media coverage has been concentrating on Rihanna who has fortunately been able to stay out public since the arrest of Chris Brown. There has been debate whether she started the attack and whether she deserved it. There are questions why such a beautiful and rich young woman would stay with an abusive man (because only ugly and poor women stay with abusers, right?). But with Chris Brown has been his passive, politically correct official statements from his camp. There was the announcement that the Wrigley’s commercials he shot would be discontinued, but there was more publicity about Phelps’ Kellogg campaign being cancelled because of smoking pot.

I pray that this incident becomes a way to educate more people about domestic violence and the shortcomings in our so-called “justice” system. Perhaps this can facilitate change for the better.

Has gender played a big role in how both parties have been treated by the media? Do you think TMZ had a right to publish the photo? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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