Fair warning here: I don't pay that much attention to most current music, but I'm well aware of the incident that took place with Chris Brown beating up Rihanna a couple of years ago. I didn't watch the Grammy's due to total lack of interest, but I was fairly shocked to learn that not only has Chris Brown's career continued since said incident, it's actually thrived to the point he performed twice during the awards and received a standing ovation. I know pop music is filled with incidents of abuse and while some seem to have been forgiven, such as Glen Campbell, others were not, like Ike Turner.
Anyway, Chris Brown went from someone who's music I had no interest in to someone I actively disliked, not only for his act of violence against Rihanna, but because of the unapologetic way he handled himself afterwards, shifting blame and the like. Then today I read she was recording a new single with him.
I'm not writing this to jump on her for making that decision. I understand that people who are victims of abuse often have key underlying psychological issues which cause them to make excuses for their abusers and to continue to place themselves in harm's way. What I don't understand is how her managers, agents, friends, family, etc have not acted to prevent this. Obviously, if she wants to be in a damaging relationship, particularly someone with her means, she'll find a way. But ethically, how could a producer, business manager, label executive, agent, etc think this is a good idea? Thoughts?