Country singer Miranda Lambert called out Grammy producers for welcoming Chris Brown back to the awards ceremony just three years after he beat up girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 ceremony. Cheers to Lambert, for echoing a sentiment that’s been gaining momentum online since Brown’s performance at the Grammy’s last Sunday night.
“And Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl …” Lambert tweeted.
“Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.”
I had to look up “Gunpowder and Lead”—it’s the name of a 2007 song by Lambert, about a woman who plans to shoot her abusive husband when he gets out of jail. Here you go:
Meanwhile, Brown wrote in a tweet that has since been removed:
“Hate all you want becuz I got a Grammy now. That’s the ultimate F*&k off!”
Which doesn’t exactly sound like a man who thinks he’s done anything wrong in beating on his girlfriend. It’s a depressingly common this week—yesterday, Hugh Hefner hoped his son Marston Hefner and girlfriend Claire Sinclair could just “patch things up” after Marston assaulted her.
And far far away from Playmates and Grammy awards, back in the real world (or Washington, D.C., at least), Republican senators are voting against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Amanda Terkel at Huffington Post explains:
… the reauthorization would place an increased emphasis on reducing domestic homicides and sexual assault, strengthen housing protections for domestic violence victims and focus more on the high rates of violence amongst teens and young adults.
The objections, led by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and a few conservative organizations, are not over the VAWA as a whole, but over a few new provisions in the reauthorization — specifically, protections for LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse and the authority of Native American tribes to prosecute crimes.
It’s the first time since VAWA was enacted in 1994 that it didn’t receive bipartisan backing out of committee.