Chris Brown: if you have the mettle to assault a woman, then, you must have the fortitude to clash with a male, right?
According to Melissa Locker of The Times, “the night before the Grammys in 2009, Chris Brown beat his girlfriend Rihanna so badly she required medical treatment.”
Following a recent night club altercation, Damon Feldman, a celebrity boxing promoter, offered actor/rapper Aubrey Drake Graham and Chris Brown a million dollars each if they fought each other for nine rounds in the ring.
Obviously, the stars will have significant protection for pretty features; Feldman claimed each rapper will wear protective head gear and large boxing gloves.
According to CNN.com, Lateef Mungin writes, “The promoter, Damon Feldman, also says he is asking singer Rihanna to be a ring girl at the bout.”
Two millions dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to. However, if each of the rappers fought, the capital acquired could be applied to good use, such as reallocating the wealth to women who’ve been beaten by their significant others.
Feldman, who has the “financial backing of businessman Alki David,” has arranged “fights featuring ex-baseball outfielder Jose Canseco, Lindsay Lohan’s dad Michael and Rodney King,” Mungin writes.
If the phrase “catch 22” had an antonym, Brown would be looking that antonym dead in the eyes.
For Brown’s paradigm shift, he has two opportunities:
1) Release his rage in a constructive manner, further polishing his street cred as a “tough guy;” and,
2) He can donate one million dollars to Women’s Aid - a national charity devoted to domestic violence, prevention, and care; this will clearly display wife beating isn’t his foray of leisure. (Following the fight, Brown’s publicist can claim on any media outlet that will listen: Brown is too mature for domestic violence now.)
Personally, if the battle between the MC’s does happen, I’ve got my money on Graham. According to the Jackson Katz on page four of the “Macho Paradox,” “it is ironic that men who speak out against men’s violence against women are often called wimps, when they actually have to be more self-confident and secure than men who remain silent in order to fit in and be ‘one of the guys.’”
Graham, who used to star on the show Degrassi as “Jimmy Brookes,” was very friendly towards other women acting in the show. Additionally, Graham’s recent album, Take Care, had a laid back feel, such as famous R & B singer Marvin Gaye.
Katz continues on page 8, “If you are a man, it is a lot easier to be sexist and abusive toward women- or remain silent in the face of other men’s abuse- than it is to speak out against sexism.” An actor/ rapper can’t be that good at faking emotions; therefore, Graham must have fortitude of former heavy weight champion, Rocky Marciano.
Since Brown is the twenty-first century face of domestic violence, let him show the world that men should fight men if anyone and that young kids who seek to emulate Brown shouldn’t release their aggression, in future years, by pulverizing their better halves.
If 70 percent of developmental disabilities in women are attributed to sexual assault, the fight against domestic violence is a problem- both cognitively and physically. And, if two prominent musicians fighting each other is the only way to bring attention to this issue (hopefully, leading to the eventual cease and desist of domestic violence), maybe it’s worth a shot.
“At its heart, this revolution must be about changing the sexist social norms in male culture,” Katz writes. “For us to have any hope of achieving historic reductions in incidents of violence against women, at a minimum we will need to dream big and act boldly.”
Come on, Brown, show Graham a lesson.