Save the Drama for Your Mama.

We all love hearing about the crazy drama going on in Hollywood every day, which is obviously why we call it “entertainment.” Drama in the entertainment industry is nothing new; it has been going on since the beginning of mass communication.

We will never forget the infamous Jon & Kate Plus 8 affairs, Britney Spears and her driving baby, the Michael Jackson allegations, and even more recently the Kanye West interruption. Media does its best job to ensure that everyone knows everything “bad” going on in Hollywood at all times.

However, does the public tend to overlook such transgressions just because these people are our entertainment? Do we consider Jon and Kate’s children being forced in the public eye during their parents’ divorce anything to worry about? Most mothers don’t let their babies drive till they reach 16, but Sean Preston and Jayden James get to travel with Britney on her new concert tour. An estimated 31.1 million U.S. residents watched the funeral of an alleged molester who sold more than 100 million albums. Can we even still remember how Kanye completely humiliated a three-time, multi-platinum album teenager?

Despite opinion of the latter situations, there is one public disturbance that is still under my “umbrella”: Chris Brown and Rihanna. This once-cute couple has tarnished their careers forever; or have they?

Since we all know their situation, I’ll skip to the part that really upsets me. Robyn Fenty, or Rihanna, decided not to press any charges against Chris. With millions of young female fans, this is bad PR in the making. She may lose millions of fans, or worse, contribute to all the excuses made by young battered females about deciding to stay with their so-called significant other.

After being released from a Wrigley’s contract, losing a beautiful and talented girlfriend, and being sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor, Chris Brown tweeted Monday, October 5, that he’s about to launch a promo tour of 15 to 20 dates.

Is Chris Brown’s tweet just one way to deal with “negative press”? Or are we just an over-forgiving public? How long will it take before Rihanna recovers from this “disturbia”? As long as the public is being entertained, it will overlook its entertainers’ errors.

by Niki Gautier

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