I’m Not Watching the Grammy’s Tonight
|February 12, 2012||Posted by Jess under Celebrities, Music|
And here’s the letter I just sent to the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy’s, about why:
“I think people deserve a second chance, you know. If you’ll note, [Chris Brown] has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” – Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich
To Whom It May Concern:
The Grammy’s are not the victim of Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna so severely she was hospitalized. RIHANNA is the victim of Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna so severely she was hospitalized. Inviting Brown to perform at the Grammy’s sends a message to your viewers, including the nearly five million women who are assaulted by their partners EVERY YEAR, that the Recording Academy considers abuse acceptable. Moreover, Ehrlich’s comment about the Grammy’s being the true victim of Rihanna’s assault and subsequent hospital stay proves that the Recording Academy is less concerned with the rehabilitation of a man who Ehrlich bafflingly considers “eligible” and more with the minor headache a last-minute reschedule caused them three years ago. Ehrlich’s words are astonishingly insulting and show his utter contempt for the victims of domestic violence – and by allowing him to speak for the Grammy’s, the Recording Academy shows the same contempt.
I will not be watching the Grammy’s tonight, and I will be publicizing this letter in order to encourage others not to watch either. The millions of domestic assault victims in this country deserve a public apology from both the Recording Academy and Ehrlich himself for this disgusting comment, and I sincerely hope the Recording Academy thinks twice before allowing its employees to publicly belittle violence against women in the future.
- Ehrlich’s comments to ABC News Radio can be found here.
- Stats on the prevalence of domestic violence against women can be found here.
- HelloGiggles.com breaks down exactly why this is unacceptable here, and Gawker adds a few words here.
- And you can contact the Recording Academy here.
And, to forestall two counterarguments I’ve seen bandied about the internet:
- Yes, I do think it’s important to rehabilitate criminals, including domestic abusers. However, Brown has shown no remorse or interest in being rehabilitated, the public outcry has overwhelming been on his side (remember that time Usher was forced to apologize for calling Brown out for going on an awesome jetski vacation immediately after hitting his girlfriend?), and more to the point of my letter, the Grammy’s clearly consider Brown’s real crime to be inconveniencing them. Check out Ehrlich’s quote up there again. He’s not talking about giving Brown a second chance to interact respectfully and nonviolently with women. He’s talking about giving Brown a second chance to perform at the Grammy’s.
- Yes, other celebrities, including white ones, are also convicted assaulters. Guess what? I also think that Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Roman Polanski, and Michael Fassbender are disgusting dirtbag monsters, and avoiding consuming the media they create too. However, none of them are performing at the Grammy’s tonight. When Charlie Sheen hosts the Oscars, you better believe I’ll be writing to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Again, you can contact the Recording Academy here. Please do.