Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris after allegations of rape were brought forward by a 24-year-old woman.
People have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on the issue, though not everyone is on the same page.
TL;DR Chris Brown has been detained in Paris after being accused of rape by a 24 year old woman. People have taken to Twitter to express their complete lack of surprise... while others are still defending the singer.
I would like to start by saying that some of the tweets below do seem to make light of a very serious subject. My intention is not at all to make light of these allegations, but to show the ongoing divide between people online, and elsewhere when it comes to allegations of this nature.
There are also some tweets in this article that may really upset some people, this is the nature of the Internet. If this topic is triggering for you, try the article above.
If you or anyone you know is trapped in a cycle of abuse, find your local shelter or call a hotline and get help.
As humans, sometimes all we can do is use humour to help us make sense or cope with harsh realities. So for that, I say, thank god for the meme.
For those of you who don't know Chris Brown or his history, I will let the tweet below get you up to speed:
Chris Brown has a criminal record that shows how awful of human being he is. Most of his crime involves how he treats women. pic.twitter.com/lEYpHzooE9— LOGAN ♒️ (@loganjlovell) January 22, 2019
Clearly, this is not the first time Brown has made headlines for these kinds of allegations.
Also, note that he pleaded guilty to the assault of Rihanna.
Chris Brown detained for raaaaaape? pic.twitter.com/s38napxnS3— Pete (@jaimelle1) January 22, 2019
I have to say, my reaction this morning was pretty similar to those above.
I'm certainly devastated for the woman that has laid these charges, but not at all surprised that Brown is embroiled in another abuse scandal.
Chris Brown 10 year challenge.— Enosse Makinta (@EnosseMakinta) January 22, 2019
Chris Brown pic.twitter.com/zUL2DqTV3v— DAN!EL 🥔 (@rastamiller) January 22, 2019
These allegations are hot off the tail of the recent R. Kelly docuseries, which all but set fire to any plausible deniability about Robert Kelly's ongoing sexual abuse and predatory behaviour.
So it's no surprise that the two have been lumped together.
R. Kelly and Chris Brown out for a walk pic.twitter.com/6t9bNN3qj3— JC 🎬 (@jcsepjj) January 22, 2019
Now, of course, who R. Kelly is and what he's done has absolutely nothing to do with Chris Brown.
Aside from the fact that their professions put them in a position of power, due to both their money and their fame.
FUCK CHRIS BROWN!!! I DON’T CARE THAT THE BITCH CAN DO BACKFLIPS— emma :) (@islandmahala) January 22, 2019
chris brown stans having a hard time believing he’s capable of sexual assault is the CACKLE of the day. he has physically assaulted, threatened, and stalked his ex’s but rape is were he definitely draws (and snorts) the line ok sweetie. pic.twitter.com/nTl68K6p9F— Douche Wayne (@messykennny) January 22, 2019
As seen in Surviving R. Kelly, the promise of help in a musical career was a major in-road when he attempted to connect with younger girls.
When someone is famous and offers a slice of their life, it can be very hard for "regular people" to say no, regardless of the person offering it.
take chris brown off your playlists, stop buying and streaming his music and make sure he never gets any more of your money. stop giving successful music careers to rapists and abusers and support artists who aren't horrible people because there's plenty of them. fuck chris brown— brian emo (@rowancogley) January 22, 2019
Chris Brown smacked the shit out of Rihanna, stalked and harassed Karrueche to the point she had to get a restraining order, is now being accused of rape and STILL I’m seeing men talk about the ‘world being out to get him’ and the fact he doesn’t ‘need’ to rape anyone 😐😐😑— 🍁 (@carayxz) January 22, 2019
In fact, I found the tweet mentioned above (I've included it below) and I was absolutely STUNNED to see anyone phrase a defence in that way.
Do people actually think rape only happens... because someone can't get laid?!
That train of thought is completely outrageous.
All ima say is Chris Brown don’t need to rape anyone 🤐— AlyCat❤️ (@IDreamOfAly) January 22, 2019
Y’all really think Chris Brown got to rape a bitxh? Y’all believe anything 😂😂😂😂😭😂😂 https://t.co/Hy17snHXSq— Eli Red (@elired_1) January 22, 2019
Here's hoping the people above are trolls... cause I can't deal with this kind of thinking.
Me standing here waiting for everyone else to cancel Chris Brown pic.twitter.com/mIxaIXfzNI— Arthur (@Arty6060) January 22, 2019
I do think the majority of people are in the camp that this has been a long time coming for Brown and he's going to face some serious justice.
Imagine if we’d had some sort of signal or warning that Chris Brown didn’t respect women? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LMwjTcCxw9— Barney (@barneyhw11) January 22, 2019
Chris Brown should have been cancelled years ago for what he did to Rihanna but y’all hate women and are too scared to cancel your faves even when they make shitty music. pic.twitter.com/11VE5kgbAD— marie (@East_from_Eden) January 22, 2019
While we must consider that these are just allegations at this point, many people think Chris Brown should have been cancelled after the Rihanna incident. (He was for me.)
Though clearly, not everyone feels that way.
Chris Brown knows the world is out to fuck up his life....he would not be foolish enough to rape anybody. This man can't get a break #ChrisBrown— Tintin (@tintindready) January 22, 2019
PSA: I’m not cancelling Chris Brown, sorry ! 🙅🏽♀️— ❥ C A R T E R (@carter_elle_xo) January 22, 2019
Some devout fans are set on sticking by Brown despite previous charges and the current allegations.
But as I mentioned above, fame and wealth provide abusers with the power they need to overpower their victims. So the only way to cut off that power is to cut them out of our streams of entertainment.
Lovely to see this trending alongside ‘Chris Brown detained on rape charge’ https://t.co/YCR20gnDew— JaackMaate (@Jaack) January 22, 2019
People supporting Chris Brown is part of the reason women don’t come forward about domestic abuse.— Beth Townsend 🦄 (@bethxt97) January 22, 2019
I'll leave you with this last thought, and we'll just have to wait and see what comes of the trial in Paris.