Writing a critique of Seth MacFarlane's duties as Oscar host on the website of The New Yorker this morning, Amy Davidson found herself defending Chris Brown. At least sort of. "Relationships are complicated," she wrote in the midst of a stern rebuke of MacFarlane's Chris Brown/Rhianna joke, "and it may take a woman more than one attempt to leave her accuser...if any woman who goes back is told that she has forfeited sympathy and can be written off with mockery...then we'll end up with more dead women." There is a lot to unpack here.
MacFarlane's joke is a straight line to "more dead women"? He is somehow "writ[ing] her off with mockery"? Mockery is something to be criticized in a comedy routine? Perhaps more than anything, Davidson's argument is astounding in that she appears to be coming out in support of the Chris Brown/Rhianna relationship, standing behind their desire to be together, and withholding judgment on the validity of their union -- after all, "relationships are complicated." Isn't that a more problematic stance than MacFarlane's joke that "a man fighting to get back his woman, who has been subjected to unthinkable violence" is that couple's idea of "a date movie"?More »