I was very excited earlier today when my friend Anthony sent me the story that said that Chris Brown had decided to take his name out of consideration for the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award.
This made me very happy. Especially after Nickelodeon released a statement saying that they decided to stand by the nomination since he was who kids voted for.
When I posted about the nomination for Chris Brown on Saturday I was bothered by the news. I wasn't bothered in the way I would be bothered if Brown received a Grammy nomination, but the Kids' Choice Awards is a program geared towards children, and for Nickelodeon to throw their hands up in the air saying "well, the kids did vote for him" was really a lame excuse.
On Sunday I spent time not only sending online letters to Viacom/MTV Networks/Nickelodeon, but also to sponsors of the Kids' Choice awards, including Cheerios and Dreamworks Animation (producers of Monsters vs. Aliens).
I was pleased to get a response from Cheerios expressing their dedication to supporting family oriented television.
Chris Brown won the award for best male singer at the awards show in 2008, and I hope that him pulling out was due to extensive pressure and bad press, and maybe (hopefully) the request of network execs at Nickelodeon. Brown's exclusion should lead to conversations in families discussion how Brown's actions are inappropriate under any circumstance, and how Rihanna needs to remove her self from dangerous situations of this nature.
I appreciated the comments on my Chris Brown/Kids' Choice Award post, the frustration expressed by Michael Parson, Aaron Covey, William Petruzzo, Goon Squad Sarah, and Ando. Each of these commented validated that Nickelodeon's failure to respond only served to validate that domestic abuse was acceptable behavior, and no response on their part was wrong and inappropriate.