CNN raises the question as to whether singer Chris Brown‘s “exile” should be over.
The controversy is that the Grammys allowed “Brown back onstage three years after he was essentially blacklisted over charges that he beat up then-girlfriend and fellow entertainer Rihanna. In June of 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to to one count of assault with the intent of doing great bodily injury.”
Brown’s “exile” was hardly Phantom Zone-esque: According to the CNN article, he was sentenced to five years’ probation, counseling and community service. Michael Vick was punished more severely for mistreating dogs.
The issue isn’t whether the Grammys should ban for life a performer who brutally beat up a woman. The issue is that the Grammys correctly surmised there was an audience for him. The Grammys doesn’t have to bother with banning Wang Chung from its broadcast.
There are still artists who are nervous about the impact coming out as gay will have on their careers, but domestic violence has not derailed Brown’s.
That is what’s unfortunate — more so than some dumb tweets by young girls.