Happy Friday! By now, you may have heard about Chris Brown’s twitter fight with comedy writer Jenny Johnson. Brown later deleted his twitter account, resulting in a collective sigh of relief from much of the world. Whether or not Johnson provoked the fight, or whether or not Brown’s responses were verbal rape, we can all agree that what Chris Brown did a few years back is wrong.
Sadly, as horrendous as what Chris Brown did, he’s not the only celebrity who has done something many of us be socially excommunicated for, and he’s not the only one guilty of domestic violence. Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, and Sean Penn all have been violent against women, and others like Michael Richards, Michael Vick, and Adam Carolla have attacked underrepresented groups or have been abusive to animals. Some celebrities have apologized for their transgressions, done their time and moved on, others have not. Some argue that we shouldn’t be giving Chris Brown Grammys, but Sean Penn has received awards since beating Madonna and Christian Bale’s movies are high-grossing. Is there a difference in the severity of the crime between Chris Brown and Sean Penn? Has Chris Brown not shown to be apologetic while others have? What is the criteria for forgiving celebrities for what they’ve done?
As we ponder whether Chris Brown deserved to be called a “worthless piece of sh*t” or whether he was provoked, we pose this Free Debate Friday Question to you: Do we forgive celebrities’ transgressions equally? Is Chris Brown’s crime worse than Michael Richards’? Should Michael Vick be allowed to play football? Should celebrities who violently abuse women,or other innocent people deserve to be treated like scum for what they’ve done or can some be forgiven given the right circumstances? Vote and sound off in the comments section below!