After giving it some thought before I hit the keyboard, I blogged about this incident a few days ago with a call for discernment and compassion.
Chris Brown has released a statement about the events that occurred on Grammy Night.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Rihanna’s father has spoken as well, saying, “she is OK” and that she will “take a stand for women”.
The legal outcome, and whether their relationship can weather the media sh*tstorm remain to be seen. The rush to judgment and escalation of falsehoods by the media, (especially those calling themselves news outlets) based on rumor is simply irresponsible. Maybe they should chill until they get some substantive evidence and real statements from those involved. But my assessment says that won’t happen.
Why would Chris or Rihanna’s people give any of these outlets an exclusive when they’ve treated this situation so sloppily? What happened to the journalists stars could trust to be objective reporters, even if that journalist disagreed with their actions?
What happened was the explosion of media participants who neither have any idea about nor any concern for journalistic principles. Did the entertainment-news-gossip-blogsphere circus kill the journalist? Or just drown out their voices?