Dumbing down domestic violence
The football world has been striking poses left, right, and center, pretending that Ray Rice is the Second Coming of OJ Simpson. The Ravens released him and are giving out free jerseys in exchange for his old ones, the ever-sanctimonious Roger Goodell added an indefinite suspension on top of the previous two-game suspension, and various players and commentators are ritually denouncing him.
And for what? A single punch.
This is absolutely and utterly absurd. There are punches thrown in NFL games and practices every single week. If the NFL were to apply the one-punch standard consistently, half the African players would be out of the league by the end of the season.
This is not to say that Ray Rice is a good guy. If you watch the video closely, it looks like he does something to provoke her in some way at the elevator buttons. It almost looks as if he spits at her, she shoves him, he shoves back, and then she charges him and gets KO'd. We're clearly not dealing with a pair of innocent angels here.
But here is the salient point. He's not "beating her up". He's not abusing her. He's not attacking her. In fact, the reason she got knocked out isn't because he's a big strong man, but because she was rushing at him. What he threw was clearly a defensive punch, and quite likely an instinctive one.
Kelly Brook has been labelled 'disgusting' and 'despicable' by viewers on Twitter after 'laughing' during an interview about 'punching' two of her former boyfriends.
The former glamour model was appearing on This Morning on Monday to discuss her new autobiography Close Up, when she reportedly made light of hitting out at exes Jason Statham and Danny Cipriani.
People took to the social networking site to voice their anger at the 34-year-old's attitude, with one writing: 'Disappointed with @itvthismorning for laughing along with Kelly Brook RE her hitting boyfriends in the face! Domestic violence isn't funny!'.
The backlash towards the brunette beauty, who was dressed in a plunging turquoise dress, continued with one Twitter user writing: 'So Kelly Brook laughs & admits to punching ex bf's in the face. If a guy had admitted doing that to a women they'd be uproar! #ThisMorning.
And: 'Kelly Brook and the hosts giggling about her punching her boyfriends in the face for talking to other women. Despicable. #thismorning'.
|Left: Soft cuddly plush toy with nice big airbags as standard. Right: Genuine hardass. WHO YA GOT?!?|
Oh but wait, it gets better:
And Danny also faced Kelly's wrath after they headed to the Spearmint Rhino strip club together in Las Vegas and she discovered her man had given his number to a stripper. [Didact: Any girl who goes to a strip club with her boyfriend can't be all bad.]
She wrote: 'As I headed back to the table, I saw Danny walking towards me. 'Babe', he said, 'I've been looking for you!' I punched him straight in the face.'
Kelly revealed that four bouncers leaped on her, before she tried to have another 'pop' at him.