Rihanna and Chris Brown have finally officiated their relationship to much contention, after months of speculation, numerous public appearances and some rather revealing instagram photos. Chris Brown concerts and music has been boycotted across the world, most recently in Sweden and South Africa, but despite the enormous backlash, he's still a talking point, he's still selling lots of music and he's still making plenty of public appearances. So... people must like him.
Rihanna gave her reasons for forgiving him and getting back together with him to Rolling Stone.
"I decided it was more important for me to be happy," she said. "I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of that. Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake."
But what about fans? FoxNews has explored the question as well, and quote InTouch's senior editor Dorothy Cascerceri, who is equally baffled by his continued success: "[H]is star has not fallen at all... After he performed at the Grammys [last time], some of [his fans] tweeted along the lines of, 'Chris Brown can beat me anytime... it's really questionable as to what these people think about domestic violence and what these people think about anger and certainly there's plenty of women out there who gravitate toward a guy that is the bad boy that has a rough and tough image."
While there will be many people disappointed about Rihanna's return to a partner who inflicted domestic violence upon her, the actions of one person should by no means be as troubling as the behaviours of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, who chose to stand by a man who was willing to beat a 20 year old woman. Even Justin Bieber is a fan, having said that he's rooting for him at this year's Grammys. Disdain and disapproval of his behaviour should begin at the top and after his fight with Frank Ocean it's clear he hasn't cleaned up his act, so radio stations, concert arenas, newspapers and websites should just clean him out of public view.