Thursday, April 21, 2011


By Lindsay Kirsch

Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson. Oh my. Their combined net worth exceeds $600 million dollars, while their combined list of recent charges range from felony assault to misdemeanor and spousal battery.

Sheen has been quite open about his relationships with prostitutes and porn stars, while both Sheen and Gibson have both struggled with drug and alcohol use. All three men have been arrested for abusing their partners. But no matter. Their names keep popping up in the news and their fame continues to skyrocket.

Regardless of how abominably they conduct themselves, they are still asked to appear or perform on national TV shows including Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Saturday Night Live. If the law does not condemn these men harshly enough for their actions, we can’t expect the media to do that either.

I boycott these men in any and all ways that I can: as soon as a Chris Brown song comes on the radio, I change the channel. If an episode of “Two and a Half Men” is on TV, I change the channel. And the same goes for any Mel Gibson movies, I turn off even my one-time favorite, “Braveheart.”

I am a 24-year-old woman, and at one point, all three of these celebrities were my idea of what constitutes an attractive man. Now, plain and simply, I am thoroughly disgusted by them. If we all stop paying attention to their despicable behavior, their music and their public displays on the media, maybe then they will go away.

Lindsay Kirsch is a candidate for the Master of Public Health degree at Boston University, where she is concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She is particularly interested in the problem of intimate partner violence.

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