Violence is Never Okay (Or a Joke)

Violence is Never Okay (Or a Joke)

For the past few days, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about what happened between Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s sister, Solange. Quick recap: footage was leaked to TMZ of Solange physically attacking Jay-Z in an elevator, while a bodyguard attempted to hold her back and Beyoncé stood by. The video footage had no sound, so we don’t know what was said between any of them, and (so far) no one involved has come forward with an explanation. In fact, it seems like they’re all doing their best to pretend it didn’t happen.

Plenty of people all over the internet have been speculating about the reasons for the attack, and unfortunately many are choosing to make jokes about it (for examples, just check Twitter). Here at loveisrespect, we believe that jokes about violence or abuse only serve to diminish people’s perception of its severity. Abuse in any relationship – whether it’s between family members, friends, or people in an intimate partnership – is not acceptable, no matter the “reasons” behind it or the gender of the people involved.

If this incident has triggered something for you, or if you just have questions about what’s healthy or unhealthy in a relationship, our advocates are here to help. Call, chat, or text any time, day or night.

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