Remember the revolting comments made by our good ol’ friend Chris Brown directed at comedian Jenny Johnson? After she so courteously pointed out that he should stop being a terrible person in order to not age so quickly, Brown went ballistic and resolved to shit her retinas–an image nobody in the entire world ever needed embedded in their brains, least of all Johnson who then had to contend with his Warren Jeffs-esque following known as #TeamBreezy spouting hundreds of hateful comments yesterday.

Unsurprisingly, many people in the media had something to say about the exchange, including the ladies from The View. Elizabeth Hasselbeck‘s feelings were that Brown’s tweets were “verbal rape,” in her eyes:

“I think it’s disgusting, first of all. But also, it seems like verbal rape to me. And I think at some point there’s gotta be a point where Twitter should ban anyone who writes anything forever on there and you should identify yourself.”

Whoopi Goldberg didn’t feel the same:

“I have to say, if you’re gonna mess with him [Brown], you have to expect to get your head handed to you. Now, I sort of feel like…if you feel like that and you don’t wanna fight, don’t do that, don’t do that. And I disagree with verbal rape, I don’t think that’s verbal rape. I just think both was assault. Both were verbally assaulting each other, and that is what we need to get rid of on Twitter because it happens too often and too much to too many people.”

First of all, he didn’t hand Johnson’s head to her–though I’m shocked he didn’t make a decapitation joke, it kind of seems like his territory. He just spewed the kind of gross retorts that one would hear in a high school lunch room from the loudest, smelliest table in the room. Not exactly A+ insults. Second, I’m pretty sure telling somebody he’s a piece of shit for having been a useless, sexist, violent asshole for years is not “verbally assaulting” him.

“You also got to say to this grown woman: when you tweet out, ‘You are a worthless piece of bleep,’ what do you expect? You got a 23-year-old with a lot of money, with a lot of bravado, with a lot of pride,” said co-host Sherri Shepherd, who seems to not understand that (A) being 23-years-old qualifies you as a grown adult, as well, and (B) having a lot of pride, bravado and money is not some get-out-of-jail-free card that celebrities can use to excuse their behavior. In fact, that sort of “boys will be boys… especially if they’re rich and boastful” attitude is why Brown has been able to continue being an abusive, misogynistic, pompous asshole–and still continue making money from that.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t agree with Hasselbeck’s “verbal rape” observation, either. I think he absolutely responded in a sexually harassing, threatening manner, but using the word “rape” figuratively is always dangerous territory that makes me nervous to see people-particularly media figures–venturing into. But I’m admittedly conflicted, as I also think that threatening a person with nonconsensual sex acts is a form of sexually abusive behavior, so what exactly do we call it?

(As a side note, I don’t think I ever dreamed I’d be holding an inner debate on what to classify telling a woman you’re going to shit in her eye is.)

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