Justice

Chris Brown Shamed Kehlani for Her Suicide Attempt

Convicted domestic abuser Chris Brown added his voice to the chorus of people shaming R&B singer Kehlani over her alleged infidelity, dismissing the 20-year-old's attempted suicide attempt that stemmed from the intense bullying as a cry for 'sympathy.'

Here's some background, in case you haven't been following the Kehlani's sad saga.

 

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Earlier this week, the Twitterverse condemned and slut-shamed the singer for allegedly cheating on her boyfriend, NBA player Kyrie Irving, after a photo apparently showing her in bed with her ex-boyfriend appeared on Instagram. Early Tuesday, the singer posted a photo from a hospital bed denying the claims of infidelity and claiming that the overwhelming backlash led her to try to take her own life.

While fans rushed to support Kehlani after the post suicide-attempt photo was posted, Brown heaped on more criticism.

Brown has a history of violence against women. In 2009 he was charged with two counts of felony after beating ex-girlfriend and singer Rihanna. At the time he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service, according to CNN. In addition, Brown has himself been accused of infidelity after he impregnated another woman while in a relationship with model Karrueche Tran.

Given his history, Twitter users quickly condemned Brown's hypocrisy.

Beyond proving a persistent double standard, in which male infidelity is either overlooked or celebrated and women who cheat are intensely shamed, Brown's comments highlight a common misperception about people who try to take their own lives.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are about 25 attempted suicides for every completed attempt. And while failed suicide attempts are often regarded as a cry for help, Alana Romain of Romper.com writes they can also come as result of intense, if fleeting, emotions:

Brown’s reaction to Kehlani’s post is representative of the stigma that continues to surround suicide — the idea that it’s not real, or that it’s something people do for attention. If you’ve never experienced suicidal thoughts, then it might be hard to understand why somebody would want to kill themselves (or why they’d want to talk about it afterwards), but that doesn’t mean that they are faking.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America and it is the second leading cause of death 15-24 year olds in America according to the Suicide Awareness of Voices of Education.