In news too depressing to really even contemplate, the Boston Public Health Commission reports that out of 200 teenagers–aged 12 to 19–interviewed about dating violence, “nearly half of Boston youths surveyed said [Rihanna] was ‘responsible’ for what happened while 52 percent said they were both to blame.” The particularly bitter breakdown broke down like this:
Oh, and: “In addition, a significant number of males and females in the survey said Rihanna was destroying Chris Brown’s career, and females were no less likely than males to come to Rihanna’s defense.” A wistful hope that the BPHC was a less than reputable news outlet was quickly shredded: they have Mayor Thomas Menino on their letterhead and everything. Equally demoralizing anecdotal evidence–say, the nearly 50 person strong crowd of jokers over here who say Rihanna is a “bad role model,” “an enabler,” “disturbing,” etc–seems to confirm the basic sentiment here as well. How anyone can feel good at the end of the day criticizing or blaming an 21-year-old girl for being assaulted by the pop star she was dating is a complete mystery to us here at SOTC, even to the two of us who once lived in Boston. A place to which we are now that much more reluctant to return.
“Survey: Half of Boston teens blame Rihanna for Chris Brown beating” [The Guardian]