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Rape culture in Hollywood cannot be dismissed

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Faythe Miller and Ainsley Martinez

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Recently, Chris Brown was accused of sexual assault while in France, but devoted fans were quick to dismiss the allegations as lies. Brown isn’t the only celebrity to receive this kind of support. Multiple celebrities over the years, including R. Kelly, have been defended by their listeners even with sustaining evidence. It seems as though people are willing to ignore their own moral code to support an artist amidst allegations. There is sometimes a perception that talented people are automatically deemed good; often a form of denial. However, celebrities are not superhuman.  People can be masters of their craft and still be capable of heinous crimes. At the end of the day, talent does not override ethics.

Condoning a person’s work indirectly supports their reputation in media and financially. It’s unfortunate that beautiful work is tainted by the choices the creator makes, but success giving artists the power to dismiss consent without repercussions is much more alarming.

While Brown was released without charges, he is known for his problematic past- most infamously for his assault of Rihanna in Feb. 2009. Despite repeatedly being in the spotlight for assault, Brown still receives support from many fans, and others dismiss these crimes completely… begging the question how far do artists have to go to lose their support?

Brown is not the only artist who has faced these crimes publically, other artists include: 6ix9ine, XXXTentatcion, BØRNS’ lead singer, and countless others. As victims come forward many fan groups dismiss allegations, even when the musician has clearly breached their moral code. These artists are often left with careers and still earn a sizeable living even with their known crimes.

By fans purchasing and streaming their music these musicians are supported by their fans financially. Without notable drops in fanbases the actions are often overlooked furthering the all-too-common narrative that rape/assault lacks true punishment.

Celebrities are not exempt from the law, but often times it feels as though they operate outside of the it. If a person without fame wouldn’t have the same treatment by the justice system, why should celebrities be placed on a pedestal?

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