So there’s a new Facebook group called “I WANT TO FIGHT CHRIS BROWN”, set up as part publicity stunt/part public shaming by Anthony Geisler, president of the martial arts center LA Boxing. He was apparently as unpersuaded by Brown’s fauxpology as my harpy sister PhDork. The page says:
“In light of recent reports regarding Chris Brown’s attack on Rihanna, Anthony Geisler, President of LA Boxing (www.laboxing.com), is challenging Mr. Brown to step into the ring against him and see what it’s like to face a real opponent. If you’d like to be next in line, join us here!”
The page also links to TMZ’s photos of Rihanna’s bruised and swollen face, which are heartbreaking. The group had close to 4,000 members on February 20th, as well as 700+ wall posts baying for old-school retribution. There’s also a pro-Chris discussion thread charmingly entitled “yall stupid asses done even know.” I chose not to noodle around in there too long, and I don’t think you should either, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure.
A plea for non-violence can be found on the Facebook page of the group “PEOPLE AGAINST THE GROUP ‘I WANT TO FIGHT CHRIS BROWN.’” Its page reads:
Agreeing that there is NEVER a reason to lay your hands on a woman, I disagree with the group “I want to fight Chris Brown.” There would be nothing productive in a fight of this kind.”
Hmm…My head tells me that the justice system can and should take care of Chris Brown. It also tells me that Chris has probably been the innocent victim of abuse himself–he claims, credibly, that his stepfather beat both him and his mother when he was growing up–and heaping more beatings on him isn’t really the answer. My heart, unsurprisingly, is full of rage, which makes me want to whoop his ass myself, and then move on to every other abuser I could get my hands on.
I’m not going to join either group. But Chris, you should be very glad you’re not my boyfriend. Here’s why: