Snapchat Made A Joke Out Of Chris Brown's Assault On Rihanna
Snapchat has been pretty unpopular recently due to the annoying as heck update, but their latest move seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Earlier this week the social media app put up and advertisement for a mobile game called ‘Would You Rather!’ giving examples of the types of questions you could be asked on the game.
But one in particular has people up in arms as it showed photos of Rihanna and Chris Brown with the words would you rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown”.
As many people would know, in 2009 Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna.
Rihanna took to her own social media accounts on Thursday to criticise Snapchat for their out of touch ad saying that they had let down victims of domestic violence.
“Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” said Rihanna on her Instagram story. “But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!
“You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke out of it!!!…All the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down! Shame on you.”
Chris Brown also responded to the advertisement through his attorney, Mark Garages, saying, “Whoever posted this at Snapchat needs to be slapped.”
Snapchat later released an apology in a statement saying, “The ad was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates out advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened.”
Any advertisements that include content that is “shocking, sensational, or disrespectful” goes against Snapchat’s advertising policy and Snapchat has now blocked this particular advertiser from their platform.
The game that originally created the advertisement has not yet commented publicly on the issue.
So just to end, incase you didn’t already know, here is a little public service announcement. It will NEVER be okay to make a joke about Domestic Violence. Making light of such a serious situation will ALWAYS be too soon.