The Blame Game: Chris Brown & Rihanna

Oh hey, remember the Chris Brown / Rihanna incident? The one where Brown beat Rihanna? And about a week ago, entered a not guilty plea? Right.

I’m not here to wax poetic about justice, though—I’m here to open up a conversations about the results of a study done shortly after the details of the incident were made public.

Girl Scouts of America commissioned a survey with Buzz Marketing Group to 420 girls nationwide between the ages of 8 and 17 on the highly publicized incident between Chris Brown and Rihanna. 59% blame Chris Brown for what happened, followed by 33% who place blame on both Rihanna and Chris Brown. The survey did contain one disturbing find among girls- it was the younger ones that were more likely to blame Rihanna.

Girls, what is this about?

I want you to try to step inside the heads of these younger girls and tell me how they’ve decided Rihanna was the one to blame.

One thing I’ve noticed among some commenters here on Buzznet (and ONTD, and other LJ communities) is this new-ish epidemic of girl-on-girl hate. And I don’t like it one bit. I know this generation doesn’t have a Riot Grrrl movement, nor is “GIRL POWER” paraphenilia all the rage, but there are plenty of strong females to look up to and plenty of male feminists. A lot of you were too young to be exposed to Destiny’s Child, The Spice Girls and the other pro-girl artists of the late 90’s/early 2000’s, but is NOT having a Spice Girls severly damaging your sense of self? Do we need a Spice Girls 2.0? ‘Cause I’ll commission it, I swear.

Let’s talk about it. Post your comment and the ones that provide perspective will be added into this post.

Some other stats from the Girl Scouts survey:

  • 95% believe Chris Brown’s actions are not acceptable
  • 45% believe Rihanna could have provoked Chris Brown
  • 97% said it is never acceptable for a boy to hit a girl in a relationship
  • 48% believe that Rihanna’s low self-esteem is the primary reason for her getting back with Chris Brown