A group of concerned mothers deeming themselves “Twittermoms” created a petition to remove previously decreed Douchebag Chris Brown from the list of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards nominees. The petition also called for Rihanna’s removal because “had she made the rational decision to accept the no-contact order and end the relationship, she would not be named”. Brown withdrew from the competition himself last week, but Nickelodeon would not remove his name previous to that on their own stating it was up to the kids to decide.
The Twittermoms response to the news was celebratory, obviously, with claims of “We did it!” but some heavy disappointment, as well, due to the fact that Rihanna was still in the running. The problem with Rihanna, apparently, is that she is now rumored to have initiated the entire assault by hitting Brown first, which garnered her a separate petition. Furthermore, she is being subjected to claims that as a celebrity with young fans, she should know of and accept her pedestal as a role model. Somehow, Rihanna is still being held accountable and criticized for going back to Brown, in this case even being punished for it. Clearly what she needs right now is criticism and abandonment for her personal choices and to be vilified in the same manner as her abuser. Clearly.
Reactions to the petition against Brown and Rihanna included claims of hypocrisy on the Twittermoms’ part because of the not-so-upstanding morals of other nominees (namely Michael Phelps for smoking the ganja and past nominee Jamie-Lynn Spears for her teenage pregnancy, among others). Beyond that, Nickelodeon’s bizarre dismissal of accountability was also criticized. CNN anchor Campbell Brown said it best: “Nickelodeon should wake up.”
So what is the most harmful here: Nickelodeon leaving things up to the kids? The call for Rihanna to be a “stronger woman” and punishing her until she does? The pedestal young celebrities are put on to be beacons of morality for kids? Also: where is the line for moral and immoral when it comes to who gets nominated on these award shows?