Chris Brown Rihanna Assault Reenactment: Activism or Voyeurism?
DoSomething.org has staged a video reenactment of Chris Brown's assault of Rihanna, based on details from the police report. The video features two fresh-faced white teenagers (not the celeb look-a-likes) miming the fight while a narrator reads from the police detective's account of the incident:
By now, we're all pretty accustomed to the exploitation of Rihanna's injuries to feed public curiosity surrounding the high-profile attack (and yes, blogger obsession is guilty, too). Is that exploitation excusable if it feeds our hunger for voyeurism in the name of raising awareness? Of course, DoSomething.org can draw from whatever public record it chooses in its campaigns. But by elevating Rihanna's real-life problem into a Hollywood-size drama, don't we risk making it almost less real? The reenactment is disturbing, but it's also dramatic, sensational, and almost too watchable.