TVGuide.com Poll: Chris Brown and Rihanna Face Fan Fallout
Chris Brown doesn't have many fans among voters in a TVGuide.com poll: 80 percent say they'll never listen to his music again. Voters are also so revolted by the idea of a possible reconciliation that 44 percent said they won't even listen to Rihanna's music.
Days after he was charged with two felonies — in a case in which Rihanna accused the singer of attacking her before the Grammy Awards last month — Brown continues to pursue a music career, and remains signed to Jive Records. But he doesn't have much of an audience among those who cast the more than 2,800 votes online.
After turning himself in to police on Feb. 8, Brown was dropped from ad campaigns for Got Milk? and Wrigley's Doublemint gum. On April 6, he will be arraigned on charges of assault and making criminal threats.
Reports of the couple reuniting in Miami, where Brown was recording, have upset some Rihanna supporters, according to the TVGuide.com poll. Forty-four percent of the 1,700 votes cast were from people who say they've removed her from their iPods because of the rumors.
Even more overwhelmingly, 86 percent of votes cast opposed a reunion for the couple. The voters are in good company: Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King voiced their disapproval on Friday's Oprah Winfrey Show, and Winfrey plans to devote an episode this week to domestic violence and "all the Rihannas of the world."
"Both Chris Brown and Rihanna, if I were your friend, I'd call you up and say, 'Give it some time. Get yourself some counseling. Take care of yourself. Heal yourself first,'" Winfrey said. "If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again."
Rihanna, 21, is avoiding attention and "easing" back into her music career, according to Adonis Shropshire, who is working with her on a follow-up to 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad.
"You have to remember, she's a kid still," Shropshire told HipHollywood.com. "So with anybody who goes through something in the world, you have to bring yourself out of it, so I guess her refuge is her music — as it should be."
"She always brings her best whenever she steps onto the stage or steps into the studio," Shropshire said. "It's going to be hot."