Rihanna and Chris Brown possible reunion poses many questions
Anyone who has read, Kate Middleton’s photo controversy, knows of my contempt for the paparazzi. I have no doubts that when celebrities depict paparazzi as “pests” they aren’t exaggerating. I certainly empathize with their right to privacy. However, one’s privacy is diminished once becoming famous. It is part of the unwritten rule. It may not be fair. But it is reality and anyone seeking fame should know the consequences of celebrity. Celebrities are expected to be upstanding citizens and “role models” for society. History though has certainly showcased many lapses in judgments. Celebrities nowadays must understand and realize that once they go outside their every move is documented.
In the past week, many people have debated a possible Rihanna and Chris Brown reunion. As many know the couple has had a tumultuous history most notably for their very public breakup. A picture of Rihanna’s face, after Brown assaulted her, was instantly posted online. She subsequently broke up with. She got a restraining order against him. The backlash against Brown was only surpassed by the support Rihanna gained after the domestic altercation. Rihanna became an inspiration and “role model” to young girls.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Barbados singer told Oprah that she still loves Chris. She said that seeing each other now is a bit awkward, but she still loves him. In particular, she said she has forgiven him. Rihanna states: “We built a trust again and that’s it. We love each other and we probably always will, and that’s not anything that we’re going to try to change. It’s not something you can shut off,” she said in the candid interview. Since the summer interview the two have seemingly appeared in common parties. Reportedly Brown broke up with his girlfriend and now the two have gotten back together.
Let’s suppose the rumors are true, for the sake of argument. Many people are upset with Rihanna for taking Brown back. They think it sends the wrong message to young girls. They feel she is going back to her abuser. In reality as far as we know there was only one incident of abuse. I personally do not like Chris Brown. I think she can do better (I’m available). But I don’t know him. I don’t know her. They should have the freedom to do as they please. She’s an adult and should be able to make her own decisions. Now if he were to abuse her again, then I think it would be fair to criticize her for staying with him. Forgiveness is a good trait to emulate. Denial and maintaining an unhealthy relationship is not.
The question remains: Should Rihanna have to take her celebrity into account when making personal decisions? Should she be deemed a “role model,” simply because she is a celebrity who was abused by her boyfriend?
What do you think?
Does she have an obligation to her fans to stay away from the person who abused her years ago?
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