Awarding Abuse

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 16 2012 @ 5:11pm


At the Grammys, both domestic abuser Chris Brown and abuse victim Whitney Houston were honored. Megan MacKenzie is appalled by the contrast: 

Does no one connect Houston's drug abuse to her experience of domestic abuse and her tumultuous private life? I don't look to awards shows to stand as moral beacons, but I do think it is worth considering these counter Grammy narratives as a signal of the state of popular culture and gender relations at the moment.

A depressed Alyssa Rosenberg zooms out:

The Grammys’ invitation to Brown … and his win there seem to have validated his perception that he is being unfairly judged for having battered a woman (in the past, he’s thrown temper tantrums when asked entirely reasonable questions by journalists about the incident, something it seems odd his management team didn’t prepare him for). "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F–K OFF!" he Tweeted after the show, as if musical prowess ought to make us forget that he beat a woman. Unfortunately, the fact that he and other performers who abuse women keep working after those incidents proves that Hollywood largely agrees with Brown.

(Tweet from Matt Stopera, who collected many more like it)