A Grammy executive producer had a bad choice of words when he was explaining The Grammys decision to let Chris Brown perform twice at the ceremony on Sunday night.
Three years a go on the eve of The Grammys, Chris Brown beat up his then girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown and Rihanna were scheduled to perform the next night at The Grammy Awards but both pulled out of their performances. TMZ released this photo of an abused Rihanna.
Following the attack, Brown received a lot of public backlash from the incident and public figures associated with Brown turned a blind eye to the incident. Three years later it seems like all has been forgiven from the media. The Grammy producers made an announcement that it was time that Chris Brown returned to the stage.
Grammy executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said the following about welcoming Chris Brown back to the Grammy Awards, "We're glad to have him back," Ehrlich commented, "I think people deserve a second chance, you know. If you'll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact we were the victim of what happened."
Does this mean Ehrlich thinks that he is the victim of Brown's attack on Rihanna since it put The Grammys in a bind to lose two performers the night before? The website HelloGiggles wrote an interesting article about how they were outraged that Brown performed not once but twice on the awards ceremony. Author Sasha Pasulka had a great quote from the article regarding the media and public figures turning a blind eye to domestic violence and women,
"We will easily forgive a person who victimizes you. We are able to look beyond the fact that you were treated as less than human, that a bigger, stronger person decided to resolve a conflict with you through violence. We know it happened, but it's just not that big of a deal to us."
The quote made me think more about the decision to let Brown attend the Grammy's or any award ceremony for that matter. It is amazing how much the media has a hold of their audience and how "OK" it is to let a violent person make such a presence on the public.
What do you think of The Grammys letting Chris Brown perform twice on Sunday night? Do you think he deserved the welcome back to the awards ceremony?