Winfrey and Tyra Banks hosted a live Oprah show from Chicago yesterday where the focus was dating violence.Winfrey dedicated the show “to all the Rihanna’s of the world.” The show has reignited the discussion of Brown’s assault on Rihanna, and at least one CNN male news anchor last night actively wished the topic would “go away.” Typical media reaction, wouldn’t you agree? It has been painful to watch the media parade of sympathy for Chris Brown while snubbing or reporting negatively on Rihanna and those who speak out against violence against women.I felt some relief in hearing that most of the teens asked said that they were disappointed that Rihanna went back to the abusive relationship. When asked why she felt this way, the young girl said that she heard that Rihanna hit Chris first and that he was probably just reacting to that.
On February 8, 2009, police responded to a 911 call alleging domestic violence between singers Chris Brown and Rihanna.I have to wonder as a teacher if this is a useful strategy.When I talk to young people today about feminism, their first response is nearly universally that they aren’t feminists because they want to be humanitarians, and feminism leaves out the other half of the population.Oprah will be tackling the topic of dating violence on her show today at 4 p.m.
I am a bit worried, though, that she will focus on adult dating and leave out the fact that many teens are in abusive relationships as well.
8, Brown punched, bit and choked Rihanna until she nearly lost consciousness.