In 1988, Sean Penn tied then-wife Madonna to a chair and beat her with a baseball bat.
Charlie Sheen was arrested for violently assaulting adult film actress Capri Anderson.
Roman Polanski raped of a 13-year-old girl…
I think Chris Brown also gets so much focus because he’s so unrepentant for his actions, ie temper tantrums involving chairs
wouldn’t exactly say charlie sheen/tommy lee have been repentant (not sure about the others…), and roman polanski refuses to face charges for what he’s done, and gets his celebrity pals to sign petitions for his release, so i really don’t think it’s that.
regardless of that, chris brown is in an extremely prominent public position and makes music that is really popular, so i think he gets a lot of attention because of that. magazines focus on him because people know who he is and stories about him will shift copies. everything he does is reported straight away, because people want to hear about it, so his behaviour is noticed. tommy lee, for example, doesn’t pop up in the top 40 every time he releases a new single, and he doesn’t receive publicity for his actions because it’s not going to sell a copy of heat magazine. i’m sure some people do focus on chris brown because he’s young and black, but his behaviour and attention seeking (have you seen his new tattoo?) have a lot to do with the fact that he receives so much attention. i dont think i’ve really worded this right but it is 8.30 in the morning :(
also, as we’re on the topic of domestic violence, some clubs in sheffield don’t play music from anyone with a domestic violence charge or conviction, so last night when i heard the song ‘yeah’ by chris brown i suggested to the DJ that he change the song to something that wasn’t performed by him. his response was to shrug and say “well, a lot of pop stars beat women”. charming
Emimem has been accused of domestic assault by his nieces and sister-in-law and frequently writes excessively violent songs, such as ‘Kim’ where he raps about murdering his ex-wife and brings a doll of her on stage when he performs, which he then abuses.
yh, but also the same magazines that will be like ‘CHRIS BROWN’S VILE NEW TATTOO!!!!’ will also feature celebrities on the list and at best that is blatant hypocrisy and at worse out and out racism. because the aggressive young black man trope is waaay easier to cope with than the middle aged white aggressive man one. the best example is when this happened - seth rogen compared sacha baren cohen not being allowed into the oscars to the chris brown/grammy debacle, despite the fact that there were men accused of/charged with domestic violence SITTING IN FRONT OF HIM. i just don’t think this is about how popular his music is anymore, it is just too pervasive, and the eminem thing is a good point, because i think he is one of the worst human beings ever, and yet my MUM thinks he’s a cool dude but she would never think that about chris brown. i just think this whole debate goes deeper than chris brown’s childish behaviour/spot in the charts
(also that dj sounds like an absolute dickhole, but that’s pretty cool that clubs in shef won’t play music by people with domestic violence convictions, i’ve never heard of that happening before)