The tragedy of young love is that it’s so raw and senseless. It runs wild like a glowering flame devouring everything in its wake, be they Montagues and Capulets or Breezies and Rihannas. There they were, such a handsome couple, bathed in the white hot light of flashbulbs and the omnipresent media. Their histories were sprinkled with tales of rage, with her having a proclivity towards violent outbursts and him a victim of abuse and a bystander to his mother’s own anguish. We should have seen it coming a mile a way, but when the beautiful people are involved, somehow we forget that we’ve seen this play a thousand times.
Chris Brown could do no wrong, he of the Doublemint endorsement, while Rihanna was slowly drawing shade from her good girl gone bad conversion. Together they had such a young, fresh energy that they covered every tabloid you could think of. But there were whispers of trouble in paradise. She had incidents of violence in her youth, while both he and his mother were victims of abuse.
Those whispers became roars on a Grammy evening when their relationship erupted in violence. Once TMZ put up those pics, it didn’t matter what the truth behind the incident was. All that spoke was black and blue of bruises and the topography of knots on her head. In a heartbeat, the golden boy became America’s most hated and the bad girl became a sympathetic figure.
She marshalled that symathy and fashioned a run that finds her thisclose to pop icon status, with endorsements and magazine covers and media omnipresence. But she still loved him. And so began the subliminal overtures. Like Nas and Jigga they went back and forth in song (you don’t think she ain’t you was an accident did you?). And now, we arrive at the point where they are reunited, and by some accounts back together. Should we give a fuck?
They were little more than children, smoldering under the hot media lights, with their every move monitored. Now that they are adults, the mantra goes hard head makes a soft behind. Rihanna’s ascent brought feminists and battered women’s groups and followers that shared her situation, minus the glamor. If she turns around now, just because the situation has calmed down, where does that leave the people that followed her? If she took their support on the way up, she’s better steel herself to their contempt if she reverses terrain.
It is clear with his Twitter outbursts and his multiple temper tantrums that Chris Brown is in need of help. His path of the former abused-turns_abuser is well- traversed and he is in need of both counseling and anger management. To return him to an environment of contention and drama is akin to lighting the powder keg. We’ve seen this before. Nothing good can come of this.
And so their fire still burns. But as we all know young love is destined to flame out. The only question is whether it is snuffed out quietly or it goes out with a bang. We had a ringside seat for the first round and we watched with glee as two children began their road to mania. Now that they are adults, the consequences are decidedly higher and now ol boy got a prior. Hopefully they can get the picture and stop it before it starts. But we’ve seen this before. We know better than that.
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