This was the sentiment expressed by, at minimum, 25 Chris Brown fans during the Grammys last night. I’m sure they didn’t expect their Tweets to be shared around the world on sites like the Huffington Post, but such is the nature of the Internet. Some apologized, but most acted defensively. They preferred to rely on the timeless defense of, “It was just a joke.”
Below are a few more supportive Chris Brown fans. You can see all 25 here.
The fact that all these tweets were made by women, predominately young women, puts me at a loss for words. I guess I’m shocked, yet not surprised. Social media has a way of lowering your expectations for your fellow man, or in this case, woman. Unlike Roland Martin who made an allegedly similarly-themed Tweet last week about homosexuals during the Super Bowl, since these women are not public figures, they will not receive admonishment from some large and formidable organization like GLAAD. They won’t lose their job. In fact, other than being judged by a few thousand random strangers on the Internet, nothing will happen to them. Assuming it hasn’t already, life will return to normal. It must be nice.
To be clear, Chris Brown has paid his legal dues (moral is up to you to determine). Therefore, this post is not about Chris Brown. It’s about the women in the present – like those featured above – who seem to believe his past violent actions are meant for nothing more than comedic fodder in the insignificant confines of 140 characters when millions of women are still trying to escape their respective “Chris Brown” each and every day.
In closing, a link to an officer’s recount of the Chris Brown incident showed up on my timeline today. As I re-read the report, nothing seemed worthy of a joke. Least of all the part where the officer describes in detail how Rihanna’s mouth began to “fill with blood and blood splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle” because Chris Brown was not jokingly beating her as suggested on Twitter by these women. He was literally beating his then girlfriend. As she curled into a ball and attempted “to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown,” I doubt even in her wildest dreams she thought about how funny this would one day be to her x-boyfriend’s fans. But hey, that was years ago, which is literally forever in Internet time…
Today it’s just a joke, right?