Posts Tagged ‘Chris Brown’
When the JK Wedding Entrance Dance video started making its way around the internet, I watched it…a couple times. I thought it was great and was like, “that’s what I’m going to do whenever I get married.” In case you missed it, here’s the video:
A tip via Twitter from @erinmjustice pointed me towards this article about the couple whose wedding this was and their fight against domestic violence. Their choice of song in their wedding entrance dance (“Forever” by Chris Brown) has increased downloads of the song and all of that money goes to Chris Brown. To combat this, they are trying to raise money for domestic violence prevention.
On the couple’s site (jkweddingdance.com), it states,
Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video, we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute. Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities.
I can see the reasons behind chosing “Forever” (that they are going to be together forever and all). And while they didn’t expect their video to be so popular and to increase sales for Chris Brown, I think that it is great that they are using their “fame” to help combat domestic violence.
Chris Brown recently released this video apologizing for, you know, that “incident” in February. In the video, it is very unclear what he apologizing for. He only talks specifically about domestic violence when referencing what he experienced in his childhood. He only mentioned Rihanna by name once. If you didn’t know what had happened in February, you would be really confused.
I’m still not quite sure if this apology video should be taken seriously. Yes, I’m sure he is sorry for what he did to Rihanna…and sorry for the backlash that it caused against him. What about you? Do you think his apology is truly, 100% heartfelt? Or is it (if only partly) a publicity ploy aimed at gaining public approval again?
Did we ever have any doubts? I’m guessing that many of you are familiar with this case. Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna. CNN reported that:
Under terms of the agreement, Brown will serve five years of probation and must serve 180 days in jail or the equivalent — about 1,400 hours — in “labor-oriented service,” said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He must also undergo a year-long domestic-violence counseling class, she said.
Brown’s sentence is comparable to other felony sentences when the defendant has no previous record, she said.
“This is not an easy sentence,” Gibbons said. He must check in with a probation officer every three months.
I don’t really have enough of a background with assault or domestic violence cases to know if this is a fair sentence or if he is being let off a little easy, as many celebrities are. Feministing has some doubts on the effectiveness of the sentencing as well.
Rihanna was apparently at the trial and the judge issued something like a restraining order on Brown. Rihanna didn’t want this because she has apparently forgiven Brown (as was all over the entertainment news earlier this year) but her lawyer advised that she accept the “restraining order” at least until Brown finishes domestic violence counseling.
I am in complete support of the restraining order, even though I think women should have a choice in who they spend their time with. But Rihanna is in such an influential position for young girls and women and I feel like she is just showing people that domestic violence is ok if you really love the person. Love can forgive all. Even a public beating. This semi-restraining order (if publicized in the right way) can show these young girls and women that domestic violence is not something that is part of a normal relationship and is not ok.
Do you all think this is a fair sentence for Brown? What do you think about Rihanna’s “restraining order”?