Tell the Grammys: No, You Were Not the Victim of Chris Brown’s Domestic Violence

Brett Simon thought that when Chris Brown beat up then-girlfriend Rhianna right before the 2009 Grammys, that the victim was Rhianna herself. You know, the person with all the bruises.

But then he heard: Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich thinks that the awards show was the victim “of what happened.”

“I think people deserve a second chance, you know,” Ehrlich said. “If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” When Brett saw that Chris Brown was back performing on the prestigious show last night, while still on probation for the domestic assault, he was upset. When he heard that the Grammys thought they were the real victims, he really had to do something. That’s when Brett started a Change.org petition demanding an apology.

Ehrlich’s statement suggests that Brown was barred from the awards show not as a consequence of physically harming his girlfriend, another Grammy performer, but because the Grammys were upset with him for — what? making them scramble to find replacement performers with Rhianna healing and Brown under arrest?

“I started this petition because I realized that something was not right in this country when women beg to be beaten by someone just because he is a good looking Grammy winning performer,” Brett explained, commenting on a slew of “Chris Brown can beat me” tweets. “Those tweets along with Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich’s comment insinuating that he and the Grammys were the victims of Chris Brown’s abusive behavior are proof of a disconnect between society and the reality of domestic violence. The Recording Academy, the Grammys, and Ken Ehrlich need to demonstrate to the public that they understand that domestic violence is not something to be ignored, tolerated, and rewarded.”

Brett is asking The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards, to apologize for Ehrlich’s callous statement and failing to recognize the seriousness of domestic violence. And he wants them to put their money where their mouth is by making a donation to an organization that work on behalf of domestic violence victims. Will you add your voice to his demands by signing the petition here?

Then, you can tweet the Grammy performers and presenters asking them to add their support to the campaign. Suggested tweets with the handle for each performer/presenter below:

.@officialAdele Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@AliciaKeys Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@katyperry Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@NickiMinaj Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@coldplay Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@taylorswift13 Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@BrunoMars Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@OfficialCarrieU Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@springsteen Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@foofighters Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@PaulMcCartney Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@fosterthepeople Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@thebandperry Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@BlakeShelton Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@thecivilwars Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@DavidGuetta Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@LilTunechi Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@IAMJHUD Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@theBonnieRaitt Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@dianakrall Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@maceoparker Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@Maroon5 Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

@itstonybennett Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@GlenCampbell Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@marcanthony Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@dierksbentley Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@jackblack42 Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@Reba Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@Drake Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@Fergie Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@GwynethPaltrow Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@ladyantebellum Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@Miranda_Lambert Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@RyanSeacrest Will you ask @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

.@questlove Will you ask the @TheGrammys to apologize for trivializing domestic violence & donate to support victims? http://chn.ge/xBEHlH

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