We have truly hit new lows as a society. I suppose I’m not surprised that TMZ.com posted a photo of a battered Rihanna on its homepage, but I am utterly shocked that so many legitimate news networks and papers picked it up and ran with it. Have we no sense of decency? Isn’t Rihanna, or any abuse victim, entitled to some sense of privacy and dignity?
The alleged events surrounding the Chris Brown and Rihanna altercation are fuzzy at best. Any instance of abuse is horrific, but living out such a situation in public must be doubly difficult. You would think that we, as a society, would be able to put aside our own need for information and allow this woman some time and privacy to deal with this trauma. I do not purport to know what she is going through, but I am sure this isn’t an easy time for her. Surely, publishing pictures of her battered face is just one more blow she now has to endure.