I give mad props to Feministe for posting this on the site:
On the subject of a certain very popular entertainment blog posting a photo of Rihanna after she was allegedly assaulted by Chris Brown: Not Fucking Cool.
On the subject of reposting said photo on other blogs: Not Fucking Cool.
On the subject of linking to said photo on other blogs: Not Fucking Cool.
On the subject of TV stations also running said photo: Not Fucking Cool.
On the subject of the LAPD’s “oopsie!” letter (pdf) in response to the leaking of the photo, as though it makes a difference now: Not Fucking Cool.
And yes, on the subject of people who have not seen the photo on their own now actively seeking it out, due to this post or one like it? Even as I understand that our most base instincts can get the best of us? Please, just don’t. If you haven’t already, just don’t. Because that’s not fucking cool either.
On the subject of all of this: Just Stop It.
It’s bad enough that her name was released, when it should not have been. This woman was clearly attacked, in what is very strongly believed to be an intimate partner violence incident. She is dealing with more than enough, and more than she or any other woman should ever have to deal with. Every woman deserves some sense of privacy in a situation like this, no matter how famous she is. Every woman in this situation deserves our support.
And every woman in this situation should get to decide for herself how public she wants to be about it, and whether or not she is portrayed in this way. Not you. Not me. Not some stupid entertainment website that clearly just wants to make a profit. Just her. Her, and only her.