Lindsay Kriz: Lets talk media and gender Pt. 2

Lindsay Kriz

I’m not done.

Because I’m going to compare two other Hollywood people. While the only thing they really have in common is their fame, after I read a recent Tumblr post, I had a revelation about how the media has portrayed Kristen Stewart’s recent indiscretion and Chris Brown’s somewhat recent domestic violence case.

One is obviously more severe and damaging than the other (although some may disagree), but from the way the media treated both fiascoes, you would think that sex with another person was as horrible as beating your significant other.

I saw the tabloids talking about Rob not taking her calls and being depressed. I watched psycho YouTube videos where an infamous Twilight fan berates Kristen and then tells anyone else who would criticize her to back off. I even saw people claiming that this would ruin her career.

On the other hand, how many people called out the director, Rupert Sanders, for his indiscretion? Not only is he married, but he has children. No one seemed to want to blame the male in this situation. Maybe it’s because he was less famous. It seems to me that the women are so often the ones blamed for indiscretions, as if the man is forced into taking off his clothes and fornicating in sinful ways.

Affairs are a two-person event. Always.

On the other side of this, as I said, is Chris Brown. Before 2009 I liked Chris Brown. I thought his music was catchy, and when he appeared on the Tyra Banks show he was a precious, polite doll.

Of course, our interpretation of celebrities is rarely credible, and that was proven in February 2009, when Chris Brown brutally beat his girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys. While there was immediately backlash against the singer, and people sympathized with Rihanna as pictures leaked of her bruised and swollen face, no one seemed to want to finally take a stand against what Brown had done.

Many celebrities wouldn’t take sides, saying that both people were great and that no one knows what really happened. But after looking at Rihanna’s face, I think we can make a safe assumption. Finally, when Jay-Z spoke out against Chris’s behavior, he apologized for it.

Read that again. Jay Z apologized for calling out Chris Brown on beating his girlfriend.

If you don’t see something wrong with that then I cannot help you. But wait, it gets worse. According to HelloGiggles blogger Sasha Pasulka, after years of not performing at the Grammys, Chris Brown finally made an appearance recently. And when asked about it, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said, “We’re glad to have him back. I think people deserve a second chance, you know. If you’ll note, he 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.”

Again, I’m going to ask you to reread that statement. Because basically, the Grammys think they were the victim of Rihanna being beat by Chris Brown.

It was when I read this quote that I lost all faith in humanity. Never mind that a young woman will be scarred the rest of her life. Never mind that it wasn’t just out of anger, and that Brown allegedly said “Wait until we get home,” like he knew exactly what he was doing. Never mind that inequality continues to be a factor in Hollywood. Chris Brown couldn’t perform at the Grammys, that’s the worst thing that could’ve happened.

Boo hoo.

And as I conclude this, I’m sure there will be people out there who say “So what? That was three and a half years ago. Kristen Stewart just got caught a few weeks ago.”

To that I reply, you’re missing the point entirely. Because if Chris Brown can be forgiven for such brutal violence so quickly, but Stewart continues to pay for her sins for the same amount of time, or even longer, I question what kind of society we live in. Unfortunately, both of their careers will continue to blossom, and soon this will all be a thing of the past for so many. But I’ll never forget.

Inequality exists everywhere even in the Hollywood hills.

Editor’s note This is the second part of a column discussing columnist Lindsay Kriz’s take on gender inequalities in the media.