In the last few months, big-name artists have been making headlines on all media accounts, but it has nothing to do with their latest single.  

The release of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly in early January spurted a wave of angry reactions on all social media outlets.  

The documentary addresses the history of rumors that proceed singer and music producer R. Kelly. The documentary series reveals women who have been sexually assaulted and abused by R. Kelly, as well as entertainment industry individuals and families who shed light on this past.  

While many social media users seemed to be angry at everything the singer has done to women and girls, his fans were quick to defend him. 

Many of his fans were quick to justify his actions by suggesting the women and girls put themselves in those situations.  

The most recent rape allegations against singer and dancer Chris Brown sparked another social media debate 

Chris Brown was arrested in Paris for rape and was later released. Though he claims the allegations are false, other entertainment individuals were quick to defend the singer.  

Whether or not the allegations against Chris Brown are true, social media users justifying these actions by defending the artist’s work and turning the blame on the victims is acknowledgement of rape culture. 

According to The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, one in five women are raped at some point in their life.   

Rape culture has been normalized in society through the misogynistic language and the objectification of women’s bodies. 

Chris Brown, who has had multiple assault charges, has now released clothing apparel with the phrase “This B**ch Lyin’” taunting the rape accuser. The t-shirts sport the phrase in the front and a photo of a blonde woman crying in the back.  

Meanwhile, since the release of Surviving R. Kelly,” the artist’s music saw a 16 percent jump on Spotify.  

Does a rhyme and lyric make up for the fact that millions of women suffer sexual violence Because, though a track record of abuse charges has preceded both these artists, their fame has only risen.  

This is a reflection of rape culture in our society. The advancement of rape culture can only cease when we stop putting the blame on victims. 

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