Chris Brown: gay sex, race and outrage over domestic violence

Rihanna and Chris Brown at the 2012 Grammys. Photo Source: Google Images.

Rihanna and Chris Brown at the 2012 Grammys.

I know this is kind of old, but I don’t care. Two of my favorite things in life are irony and seeing people get what’s coming to them, and who’da thought all-around scum-of-the-Earth Chris Brown, who is currently on probation for beating songtress Rihanna, would make all my wildest dreams come true by allegedly having secret illicit gay sex with another songwriter?

I know, I know, this shouldn’t make me so happy, but it does.

Anyway, Brown has been back in the headlines for performing at the Grammy Awards (and the consequent outrage), so the Tweets (private messages, I assume) he supposedly exchanged with bisexual Martyn have resurfaced. The two go back and forth in a sort of pissing contest for a while, and Brown writes “Yeah, i enjoyed it when u fcked the shit outta me,” and goes on to call Martyn a fag in the same exchange.

Screen cap of Chris Brown exchanging Twitter messages with Martyn alluding to having gay sex together. Photo source Google Images Screen cap of Chris Brown exchanging Twitter messages with Martyn alluding to having gay sex together. Photo source Google Images

I wonder who else has covert gay affairs and is grappling with internalized homophobia. Maybe that’s why rappers started adding “no homo” after everything they say, so they can signal to each other that right now they’re not open to gay sex. That’s clearly only to be discussed in private, via Twitter messages.

But seriously, these messages are indicative of the homophobia, violence and misogyny perpetuated by Brown and many members of hip hop community (and, really, most any male-dominated community). Brown is not the only offender, but I can’t remember a backlash so swift and exacting as that which Brown has received lately, and I can’t help but think it’s because he is black.

This is not to say Brown is undeserving of scorn, but where was the outrage over white celebrities who beat their partners? No one said a word about Sean Penn—a white man who plead guilty to a domestic violence charge for assaulting his wife Madonna—when he was selected to play Harvey Milk in the activist’s bio pic. And the LGBT community rejoiced when he won an Oscar for it. GLAAD even gave him an award. And Penn isn’t the only example.

I’m glad people are outraged over Chris Brown performing at the Grammys, but let’s reserve that outrage for all perpetrators of domestic violence, not just the ones who are people of color.

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10 thoughts on “Chris Brown: gay sex, race and outrage over domestic violence

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  2. Build a bridge and get the f*** over it already. Rihanna did, hence her invite to sing with her again. Don’t you have anything better to do?

    • Rihanna might have forgiven him, but that doesn’t mean he’s rehabilitated or even remorseful about what he did. Victims of domestic abuse oftentimes take their abusers back even though they are going to be victimized again.

  3. whoa! I did not know that about Sean Penn, that double standard is real and fucked up. we need to hold all perpetrators of domestic violence accountable. Additionally you totally got to a good point about the connections between misogyny, male-dominated communities/fields, homophobia and violence. They seem to go hand and hand. And it just goes to show that misogyny and sexism are queer issues, and the fight for queer rights should be synonymous with the fight for gender equality and the end to misogyny. Unfortunately though I have seem all too many instances of misogyny being perpetuated or implemented by the queer community.

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