I’m honestly a bit baffled by Lindsay Lohan‘s Twitter missive requesting a meet-up with Chris Brown. What could possibly compel a person to want a relationship with someone who physically assaulted his girlfriend so badly her eyes were swollen shut, then never so much as hinted at feeling remorse? It seems just about everything Chris has ever done — from the Rihanna incident to smashing the windows of the Good Morning America studios to his general whiny opinion that he’s been victimized by the media — has been a giant red flag embroidered with the words “DO NOT DATE.”
Furthermore, as Jennifer Wright at The Gloss asked, “When did it become okay for Chris Brown to have a career again?” By allowing him to perform at the VMAs, a tacit endorsement of his career, MTV basically agreed to shove Chris’ history of physical assault under the carpet. And that’s appalling. Giving the okay for an abusive man with rage issues to promote himself in front of millions of viewers (in angelic white, at that) has real and dangerous implications, and MTV’s actions are nothing short of irresponsible. Was the network always surrounded by such callousness? As an answer to that, here’s Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys at the 1999 VMAs, making a plea to musicians and promoters to do something about violence and sexual assault against women:
Chris hasn’t yet responded to Lindsay’s tweet. Maybe he just knows what’s best for her.