So I'm reading more about the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation. And I'm actually quite surprised at how much support and kindness his fellow celebrity peers are showing him. Seriously? If what happened is true - and he beat up his girlfriend - never mind that it's a superstar like Rihanna, because it doesn't matter who it is if abuse is happening, it's a HORRIBLE thing! And he did release a statement yesterday:
"Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person.
"Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong.
"While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else.
"Those posts or writings under my name are frauds," the statement concludes.
So basically, yeah, he is admitting he did something wrong and he is admitting that he hurt her. And that's just horrible. And I do love his music, a lot. But it sucks that he did this. And I think it's pretty horrible how supportive people are of him. I think for now, at least, people should be more like "THAT WAS F***** WRONG!" instead of all... "We don't know the whole story..." I mean, seriously, people! (I think Jay-Z's statement best sums it up.)
"I don't think anybody actually knows what happened. I have no advice because, thank goodness, I've never been in any kind of abusive situation. You hear a new one every five minutes, and some of them are getting kind of ridiculous. I really hope everyone will lay off and just let everybody who's involved figure out everything first."
"This is a real situation. You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that. I just think we should all support her. She's going through a tough time. You have to realize she's a young girl, as well. She's very young."
"I think the world would be a better place if people worried more about what they needed to do to be better people, than ... judging others on what kind of people they are. I don't know what really went on with Rihanna and Chris, and I don’t think anyone else does, either. The only people who really, truly know are only the two of them, so I am not going to assume or comment. I'm going to mind my own business."
"I don't know what happened there, but our thoughts and prayers go out to both of them. It’s such a crazy situation. I hope everything heals. I don't know what to say."
UGLY BETTY'S MARK INDELICATO
"I don't really know that much about it. I think that doing that to a woman is wrong in any way. It doesn't matter who did it to you. But, you know, I don't know that much about it, so I can't really comment too much on it."
"I have no comment on that. That's not my relationship. I have no reason to speak about it. I think they're both great people."
"They are great live and both are good people. It's a tragedy."
"It's so sad. I don't think anybody knows the whole truth, but I guess the truth really doesn't matter when [abuse] is the result. That should never happen, no matter what. And I love his music. That being said, I think [about] Rihanna: No girl, no woman, no mother, no sister, no friend, no one deserves that. Absolutely."
"I know both of them well. They're young, and all we can do is pray for them at this point."
"I'm still praying for him. Everybody always has something negative to say about everything, and I always try to be positive. They've both made wonderful careers for themselves, and I think they will continue to do so for the rest of their lives."
MARY J. BLIGE
"They're both young and beautiful people, and that's it."
"Women, throughout history, have been beaten and prostituted. Even today in movies and music, they're portrayed as low-grade, so you know, he's a youngster, and he can correct his ways. It's just a tragedy - women and abuse."