I was pretty upset when I heard about the The Recording Academy inviting Chris Brown to perform at the 2012 Grammy awards, not because I don't believe in second chances, but mainly because he's a young performer who has young fans who are going to see this as an example of why it's not that big a deal to hit a woman.

Though Rihanna seems to have taken the high road--reportedly spending 4 hours with Brown in the privacy of his dressing room before the awards ceremony kicked off (what I wouldn't give to be a fly on that wall)--it still bears mentioning that Brown beat her up, really, really badly, just two short years ago. I mean, RiRi had to go to the hospital people and she is honestly lucky there wasn't any permanent damage done, at least not on the outside.

But what's bothering me more than the music industry's incredibly short-term memory, is the slew of young women out there who actually seem turned on by Brown's history of violence against women...

Today on Buzzfeed.com, I saw a collection of tweets sent out by a variety of severly misguided women that all basically shared the same message:

Chris Brown can beat me up if he wants to

Seriously women, what the hell is wrong with you? What kind of delusional celebrity temple are you praying to that you think it is not only alright that a pop star beat the crap out of his girlfriend, but also that you find it acceptable to JOKE about straight up domestic violence? This is no laughing matter.

I wonder if these ladies know that a woman is assaulted every nine seconds in the U.S., or that at least one in every three women (30%!) has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused during her lifetime. I'm sure these girls have no knowledge of the fact that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women--more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined! And they most definitely have no clue that around 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence every year or that every day, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

It's no joke, and although Brown may be basking in the redemption that a new hit album has bought him in the music industry, he will never, ever be able to erase the fact that he seriously hurt someone who he claimed to love. The good thing about it is that he seems to take his actions a bit more seriously than these girls have.

What did you think about Chris Brown performing at the Grammys? Did it upset you?

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Mariela is a politics and pop culture junkie and lover of all NY sports teams (except the Mets--'cause really, come on).

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I think he did just right, I mean, he doesn't have a great voice, but he is more a performer than a singer. But just the way you were, I was also surprised to see him on stage. Poor girls, they don't know anything about life or respect.

Great article.

The producers are 100% to blame. It is because they continue to hire him, that this idiot continues to appear on TV, videos etc. I personally get so disgusted when he appears on TV, that I turn the channel. Which is what I did last night, only to see him perform yet again. I wonder if these producers would continue to hire Chris Brown if their daughter was the one to have gotten beaten by him. I assure you they would not continue to hire him. Shame on them.


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