This morning Good Morning America aired a portion of a Diane Sawyer interview with Rihanna in which the singer discussed (for the first time on television) ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and his assault on her in February of this year:
While I commend Rihanna for speaking out on behalf of victims of domestic violence, the blame she puts on herself in this interview broke my heart a little bit. The hurt and embarrassment she feels over Brown’s attacking her is understandable (and is felt by many domestic violence victims, not just famous ones) but also incredibly sad. I really appreciated her starting the interview with a statement of how strong she is, but I hate that her strength was called into question by Sawyer because of the actions of a violent man. How does her getting punched in the face equate her being weak? And so what if she is weak? That has nothing to do with it. Until we can stop victim-blaming and put the blame where it belongs (you know, on those who attack others) we won’t be able to truly deal with domestic violence. Rihanna is a strong woman, and I for one am glad that she is willing to speak out about these issues. What did you think of this excerpt? The full interview will appear on 20/20 tomorrow night.