, poet laureate of Halifax and Women's Studies professor at Acadia University, joins Jian to express a more nuanced take on the controversy that has erupted around a planned Chris Brown concert in the Halifax area.
The Dartmouth, N.S. show is set to feature controversial R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, in 2009.
Brown's upcoming headline act has hit a raw nerve for many in a province so recently rocked by the Rehtaeh Parsons
story. The backlash has rippled through social media, and at least four corporate sponsors -- including Molson and Rogers -- have withdrawn their support
for the whole show.
But Jones calls for a more complex conversation than the one raging online, explaining that the discussion, particularly in communities of colour, goes beyond simply "banishing" men with violent histories as if that eradicates domestic violence.
She also notes that society seems more eager to demonize a black man who raps and sports tattoos.
"Are we reacting to Chris Brown differently because he embodies something that frightens us?" said Jones, who pointed out that white celebrities with troubling pasts have been able to continue their public work without much controversy.
"People are much more comfortable in demonizing and holding him accountable."
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