There's been a lot of speculation about whether Chris Brown and Rihanna are secretly back together. But assuming that they have not reunited, the question is: Should Rihanna take him back? A new poll asked that very question with shocking results.
Recently, an online poll asked a stupid but controversial question. The question, whose answer should be obvious to anybody with a brain stem, was: Should Rihanna take Chris Brown back? For those who've been living under a rock since 2009, the Rihanna-CB romance ended rather dramatically. He beat the tar out of her. He broke her face. HeÂ— Well, you get the picture, and it wasn't pretty. Since then, the violent felon, AKA Breezy, has completed anger management classes for which he received a nice certificate. Shortly thereafter, he flew into a rage on the set of Good Morning America after a woman (Robin Roberts) "upset" him, and he threw a chair through a window. A few months later, he bellowed gay slurs at some paparazzi whom he irrationally blamed for his parking tickets. CB bears a resemblance to nothing so much as aticking time bomb. So, the answer to the poll question should have been an almost unanimous "No way!"
Or not. An unbelievable 65% majority voted "Yes." Either Chris Brown's Team Breezy cheerleaders somehow got their friends to take the poll and vote in his favor, or the world has gone as crazy as Chris Brown.
"...it's easy to point the finger at Rihanna and call her foolish for potentially getting back with a guy who once hit her," the poll-sponsoring site philosophized, "but the truth of the matter is this sort of backslide happens all the time."
Yes, it does. In fact it happens so often that one-third of all women murdered in the U.S. are killed by an "intimate partner." Furthermore, serial killers mutilate women, and pedophiles molest children "all the time." But God forbid, does that make those crimes O.K? If so, then by all means, open up the prisons and free them.
Obviously, Chris Brown is in no way on the level of a serial killer or sex offender, but the guy obviously has a problem controlling his fists (and the furniture) around women. If Rihanna takes him back, she's more than foolish, she's as crazy as he is. And she will prove herself to be the worst role model that young girls can possibly have. The message she will send them is: "It's no big deal for men to hit women. It's just something that happens in relationships." Nothing could be further from the truth.
Newsflash: Men who beat up women do it because they like it. Not because it rained, or because they're having a bad day, or because they can't find their car keys. They do it because it turns them on. And they will not change.
Note: It is interesting that Miley Cyrus has been so often vilified by the media as a horrible role model for girls because of her salvia bong smoking, marijuana jokes, and sexy, revealing attire. It will be interesting to see what the same sites will say about Rihanna if she is loony enough to reconcile with Chris Brown. They could start by calling her the new poster girl for misogyny.
Â© Hope Carson 2011
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.