This week, there was a lot of competition. From Oprah's decision to interview the wretched fame-obsessed Kardashian clan, to the Basketball Wives Reunion (did they really try to make us believe that there was any kind of reconciliation between those women??). It seemed everywhere I looked this week, I was issuing side-eyes! But then the week ended with one incident that I found worthy of a distinguished honor:
Chris Brown, already on probation for infamously beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna (yes, the SAME Rihanna over whom this fight took place), is once again in the crosshairs of law enforcement. Drake, who has - until now - managed to distinguish himself as a kinder, gentler rap star, is now among the ranks of the stereotypical HipHop celebrities who are constantly arrested, sought for questioning or, worse, actually serving jail time.
Meanwhile, Rihanna has solidified her reputation as the baddest chick in the game. After all, Beyonce is hot, but no one ever got scalped during a fight over her. Twitter and Facebook lit up with status updates musing, "Rihanna's p*$$y must be SUNSHINE!" and "That chick must got a pu$$y made of pure gold!!!!"
Maybe it's the "mom" in me that sees this as a terrible PR situation for all involved. Chris is already considered the angriest black man alive! He beat Rihanna, then trashed the Good Morning America studios and now this! Drake was HipHop's Golden Boy - proof that not every rapper was a thug or a gangsta. True, he's still not a thug or a gangsta. But try telling that to those who view the art form as a breeding ground for the future felons of America.
But worst of all, in my opinion, is the effect that this has on 1) Rihanna's already sullied reputation and 2) the young girls who look up to her.
Bad enough that the singer's nude photos were 'leaked', that she has had a revolving door of A-listers (from the two fools involved in this altercation to Matt Kemp and even Ashton Kutcher), and that she makes no apologies for her, at times, extreme sexuality. Bad enough that she seems intent on reconciling (as friends at the very least) with Chris Brown who beat her so brutally that she had him arrested and he is still on probation for the next five years.
But WORSE is the fact that the young ladies who view her as a role model have surely been taking notes. And what have they learned?
- If a man beats the $#!& out of you, press charges, stay mad for a little while, but then it's okay to be cool with him again.
- Sleeping around without discretion is not only okay, it's downright SEXY!
- If you execute #s 1&2 properly, soon you'll have men literally fighting over you and then you'll REALLY be a hot commodity!
Photos courtesy of Bossip and TMZ