Georgina Guedes

16 Days of Activism closing ceremony: Chris Brown

2012-11-29 14:02

Georgina Guedes

This week, Chris Brown said some things on Twitter to Jenny Johnson, a US comedienne. They were nasty things. Graphic, angry, sickening things. I have scanned through them to find one that gives a sense of what he said while still being publishable in polite circles, and there isn't one, but if you want to take a look, you can, here.

Granted, she goaded him - which seems to be the general purpose of her Twitter feed - but his response was not acceptable no matter what the person on the receiving end had said. His rant makes it clear that anger and violence are an intrinsic part of his makeup.

As if we needed further evidence. In 2009, Brown beat then-possibly-now-again-girlfriend Rihanna to a soggy pulp. The police report from the assault has surfaced, revealing details this (which I will publish):

"Robyn F. [Rihanna] turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused Robyn F.'s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle. Brown looked at Robyn F. and stated, 'I'm going to beat the sh- out of you when we get home! You wait and see!'"

This isn't the least of it. What follows is a gruelling report of strangling, biting and punching being rained down on Rihanna's entire body. This isn't someone getting so provoked that he lashes out in a moment of blind rage. This is someone who brutally continued to mete out physical abuse after hitting a woman so hard that her mouth filled with blood.

So, nice guy? No. Not so much. Can he sing? Yes he can, if you like that sort of thing.

He's coming to South Africa to do just that. His concert dates are, rather ironically, scheduled just after the conclusion of the 16 Days of Activism Gender Violence - because you know, the abuse of women is quite a pressing issue in South Africa. In fact, after the serious business of activism is over, we can lighten up by going to the concert and chucking our panties at a known woman abuser. No conflict there.

There are plenty talented people who do terrible things. Brown isn't the only one. We can't deny that he's good at making music. And if he had a catchy tune that I liked, I might find myself singing along from time to time. But there's a huge distinction between liking a song and attending a worship-concert to say you've been in the presence of his awesome person.

He's already had to cancel his concert in Guyana because he was made uncomfortable by protests by women's groups there. Points to them. However, in South Africa, while many groups are making similar protests, many women are also speaking out in his defence.

We hear cries of it being none of our business, or if Rihanna's forgiven him, why can't we? Rihanna will have to deal with the fall-out from her own choices. I think that if Brown had given the slightest acknowledgement that what he did was a bad thing, beyond obliquely referring to it in one of his songs, getting a questionable tattoo of a beaten woman on his neck, and jumping in proverbial fists first in a Twitter war with a woman, acceptance by his fans could be on the cards.

But to continue to idolise a man who has boldly pinned his colours to the mast shows an inherent lack of sympathy to the plight of abused women all around the world. Those of you who think it doesn't matter what he did should pay some attention to the stories emerging during the 16 Days of Activism.

- Georgina Guedes is a freelance writer. You can follow @georginaguedes on Twitter.

Send your comments to Georgina

Disclaimer: News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.



- News24

NEXT ON NEWS24X

All the plastic in the sea

2014-07-21 14:13

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Kuils River - 13:44 PM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - HEAVY DELAYS
  • Tuesday Bellville - 13:39 PM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    VEHICLE FIRE at the Durban Road exit
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

40% off appliances & homeware

Get mind blowing deals on top selling appliances and homeware. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Lenovo A1000 tablet now R999!

Get the Lenovo A1000 tablet for only R999! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

New gobii smartphones from R999!

Front and rear camera's, dual SIM capability and 200MB of FREE Cell C data every month for 12 months, are just some of the many features on these smartphones. Get yours now! Shop here.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R2499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to avoid an argument or heated conversation today. Someone may be stirring things up and testing your patience. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.