Rihanna is NOT responsible for Chris Brown’s violence

I genuinely don’t get why this is so difficult for people to understand but, apparently, there seems to be a huge swathe of people who are still confused by this issue. This weeks victim-blaming fucknugget is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Now, I haven’t actually bothered to watch the episode in question but the constant commercials are really starting to piss me off. Yeah, I get that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are pretending that it isn’t about Chris Brown’s violent assault of Rihanna. Clearly, they are working under the assumption that their audience is, in fact, stupid. But, that’s beside the point. The episode, at least as far as the commercial claims, involves a police officer telling the woman-who-is-not-Rihanna-but-is-a-famous-singer  that she MUST press charges against her famous rapper-boyfriend-who-is-not-Chris-Brown because she is a role model.

Yeah, I struggled not to toss the TV out the window the first time I heard that. Subsequent viewings have not improved my feelings.

This is a bullshit, victim-blaming argument. I don’t see anyone babbling on about Chris Brown not being a good role model because he violently assaulted the woman he is supposed to love.

Nope, it’s Rihanna who is the bad role model for having the temerity to be violently assaulted by the man who supposedly loves her.

Fuck that shit.

The only person who is responsible is Chris Brown.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit needs to get their head out of their arse and actually start making programs about domestic violence which hold the perpetrator responsible. 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit needs to stop perpetuating damaging myths about domestic violence.

2 thoughts on “Rihanna is NOT responsible for Chris Brown’s violence”

  1. I am so with you on this (and I haven’t seen this episode yet). Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are perpetuators of rape myths, child abuse myths, DV myths. In fact virtually every episode has one in. One particularly memorable one was where a woman had suffered DV in her marriage. Her ex only had supervised contact with their daughter (which was of course portrayed as “poor him”). He was harassing her. She put in a complaint that he had raped her. There was a whole debate about whether she was telling the truth (there’s a surprise) and Olivia believed her. In the end he killed her. And the end scene was, just guess… how sad it was that she had lied about the rape.

    And then of course they think it is appropriate on a series about rape and DV victims that Mike Tyson makes an appearance.

    1. I haven’t bothered to watch the episode. I’m beyond disgusted with SVU right now. The first season was good: it explored lots of myths about VAW. Now, they are obsessed with “difficult questions” which basically revolve around women being responsible for being raped and murdered,

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