Today, pictures that show the trauma that singer Rihanna allegedly suffered at the hands of her boyfriend singer, Chris Brown were released. If it is true that these are authentic police pictures; someone is going to lose their job. It is awful that someone could profit from providing this picture to a media outlet…whether they profitted for fame, for money, or purely for the ability to be in control over the picture. When it is discovered, through the internal police investigation, who the person is who released it…they will instantly become a very unpopular person. It must take a tremendous amount of lack of compassion and integrity to give yourself permission to profit from someone else’s pain and misery!
For one thing, it isn’t ethical for a police employee to release pictures that are to be used for evidence, if and when, it comes to prosecuting Chris Brown for the alleged domestic abuse. For another, whoever released that picture to the media…more than likely received some sort of compensation for it. That is a whole other issue…it is a moral one as well as a legal one. Will the releasing of the photo affect the legal proceedings?
Rihanna has been unseen since the domestic violence happened. She has garnered much support from the public and her fans. Her relationship with Chris Brown has allegedly had it’s ups and downs. People have speculated about it from the beginning; however, like any relationship…no one really knows what happens between two individuals in private. They have a right to release as much or as little about their relationship as they feel comfortable sharing; in normal circumstances. Unfortunately, the violence changes things; it has become public. Even still, it is a legal issue…not a right for public consumption, unless one or both parties chooses to address it publically.
However, it is a bit ironic that this picture was released to the media today of all days; today is Rihanna’s birthday. I hope that she finds joy in her birthday…I pray that people leave her alone to do what she needs to do to achieve that joy.
How long will it take for the legal issues to be addressed? How long will it take for this situation to be spoken of freely by the parties involved? It is an individual process; in the way that people heal from such violence. The best we can do is wish wellness…hope that all involved are addressing their issues in a healthy way. Do you think that we can learn from this situation as a society?