I'm too sickened to post the actual article text. So here's the link.
Apparently Rihanna has been proven to need anger management since she got her face bashed in.
Keep in mind, this feature isn't even really about Chris Brown and Rihanna. This is about domestic violence. Apparently, the New York Daily News has no qualms with blaming abuse victims for their traumatic experiences if they have the audacity to do something like, say, throw a pair of car keys. Because us bitches deserve it when we get out of line.
I emailed a letter to the editor, here it is:
Title: Your Hideous Chris Brown/Rihanna Feature
"I am emailing to voice my outrage over your sickening article about Rihanna needing anger management
. The woman had her face practically bashed in, and according to your paper, she caused him to do it by throwing a pair of car keys. Oh yes, she should definitely be punished for making Brown beat her, right? She must have asked for it? Brown could not possibly control himself and not hit her after she had the audacity to throw those keys!
Because it's the woman's fault if they're abused, right? They deserve a beating for having the nerve to..... throw keys. Gotta teach us our place, right? If not, well, we're just asking for a beating.
Yep. She had her face used as punching bag, she definitely needs anger management
. Obviously she's unstable. It's not enough that she was pulverized by someone she trusted, she needs to be taught another lesson!
I'm not really talking about those two anymore. I'm talking about every case of domestic violence
in which a woman (or sometimes a man) has been beaten and blamed for it. This acceptance of victim-blaming continues to justify abuse and violence to potential attackers. You were not just talking about Rihanna and Chris Brown there
, you were essentially sent the message that the victim is to blame when they are abused. You used an unknown source (couldn't you at least have the decency to use a real one? Or did you just make this up to feul some pro-violence, woman-hating agenda?). You sent the message that the victim of abuse "asks for it" in some way, and that violence against women
is okay if the woman has the audacity to act in an angry manner. You sent that message to your readers, This was just an "example." Don't believe me? Read some of the comments on your article. You were not talking about those two celebrities at all. You were talking about all victims of abuse, all women who had ever been beaten by their fathers, partners, husbands, boyfriends, etc. You decided that in the issue of Domestic Violence, you are more sympathetic to the abusers than the victims.
Thank you for sending the message that abuse victims ask for it, that women make men beat them, that the man should not be held responsible for his violent actions in cases like these. I hope you are proud of yourselves. I will from now on associate your publication with violence, irresponsibility, lack of human feeling, and misogyny
You know maybe I'm strange, but I really think the person who resorted to violence is the one who is entirely at fault.
You can send a message to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
This isn't about one incident, this is about all cases of Domestic Abuse. We need to stand up against victim-blaming, whoever the victim may be. Violence is never justifiable and victims are being criticized for being attacked.
What kind of fucked up world do we live in where people actually do that?