The Grammys: Apologize to Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Petitioned Barb Dehgan

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The Recording Academy (Grammys), VP Communications and Media Relations
Barb Dehgan

The Grammys: Apologize to Domestic Violence Survivors

    1. Brett Simon
    2. Petition by

      Brett Simon

      Boston, MA

Chris Brown recently performed at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, just three years after missing the 2009 show because he was in the process of beating his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna, to a bloody mess. While he did turn himself in to the police and served his time, he has not been properly reprimanded by society for his grave injustices. In fact, he continues to be rewarded.

Almost 50% of Boston teenagers believed Rihanna was to blame for her beating. During his performances at the Grammy Awards people (WOMEN) tweeted things like, "Not gonna lie, I'd let Chris Brown beat me."

These reactions are NOT acceptable. They perpetuate the cycle of violence towards women and cannot be condoned.

Even more appalling, Grammy Executive Producer Ken Erlich stated, "it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” That's right: Erlich thinks the Grammy Awards were the victim of Chris Brown's violence against Rhianna. To equate themselves with a domestic abuse victim goes beyond the pale.

Now, how do you really feel about Chris Brown? And how do you feel about The Recording Academy allowing him to perform at the Grammys? Sign this petition to demand an apology for failing to recognize the seriousness of domestic assault and mistaking the true victim -- and tell them to make that apology meaningful with a donation to an organization that works on behalf of domestic violence victims and survivors.

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Tell the Grammys: You Weren't the Victim of Chris Brown's Domestic Violence

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Tweet Grammy performers and presenters asking them to add their support to the campaign:

      .@officialAdele Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

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    3. Reached 5,000 signatures

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    • Joshua Albanese LONG BEACH, NY
      • 9 months ago

      I hate Chris Brown, but I too have abused a women ( my girlfriend) in the past and now I have stopped. I am a monster and so is he. Domestic Abuse needs to stop!!!!!!!

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    • Kimberly Post COEUR D'ALENE, ID
      • 11 months ago

      stop victim blaming!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Why with violent criminals sympathy is felt, I cannot understand! Chris Brown has no place at the Grammys! ! So long as as violence, homicide and domestic murder of women are considered as normal, nothing will change! There are still some known cases:

      France mourns more to the fallen pop heroes Bertrand Cantat as the actress Marie Trintignant, who was killed by him.

      When William Tell shot games, this were the news in the media! Killing his own wife! And then in Mexico! The fascinated enthusiasm with which some biographers and journalists tell of how William Burroughs killed his wife under drugs, has an unpleasant aftertaste enthusiastic: this Burroughs, what a hotshot. And as Nancy Spungen was found, the fiancée of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, 1977 stabbed to death in room 100 of New York's Chelsea Hotel, was it took in England as collateral damage of a true life. The band manager Malcolm McLaren used the death even as a special PR stunt by saying "I live she is dead. I am yours" T-shirts with the phrases was printed. Shortly thereafter, Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose. Ben Becker makes "Sid and Nancy" to a kitschy trash-rock Grusical. And what is about Bertrand Cantat and Marie Trintignant? On the night of 27 July, 2003 Cantat in has beaten his mistress so hard that she fell into a coma and died shortly afterwards? The plates of Cantats band Noir Désir in any case were sold in France since then even better than before.

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    • Adam Harasimowicz CALGARY, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      He is a dick. He does not deserve to be in the spotlight!!!

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    • Rosie Boswood EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we're all sick of the glorified violence towards women in the media, the same media that condemns Easterm countries for the same thing. Sick to fucking death.

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