It’s not a protest — it’s an alternative way to spend your evening.
Susie Erjavec Parker, SPARKER Strategy Group public relations practitioner, is hosting a family bowling event at Academy Lanes on Aug. 29, the same night as the Chris Brown concert, to give people different options on how to spend their night.
"We’re trying not to use ‘protest’ because we’re not trying to be negative. We’re trying to be as positive as we can, to educate people and provide awareness," Parker said.
Brown was infamously convicted of assaulting his on-again-off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Parker saw the announcement of Brown’s Winnipeg concert on Twitter, but she was not excited by the news.
"I just thought to myself, ‘why would anyone spend money on a Chris Brown concert?’" Parker recalled.
As a result, she came up with the idea of organizing an event to support an organization that helps women and children leave abusive situations.
"We could put the money towards something positive," Parker said.
Parker’s movement is called Loving Hands Don’t Hit — a message that people from age six to 60 can understand.
"If you’re in a loving relationship with someone, they won’t hit you," Parker said. "It’s that simple."
Funds raised will go to Osborne House. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/LovingHandsDontHit
Parker’s initiative earned her a lot of publicity — some good, some bad. She says she’s grateful for the support the movement has received.
"We are so grateful and happy for this support," Parker said. "We’ve had bands offer to come out and play [at Academy Lanes.]"
Overall, Parker has been surprised by the public support.
"Chris Brown is a controversial person these days, and it just struck a chord with people," Parker said.
But some people don’t agree with Parker’s cause. She has received an email from one individual who told her to "get a life." She featured the email on her personal Tumblr page at susie-parker.tumblr.com, along with her response to the email.
"Someone in the email told me I should get a life and get over it," Parker said. "I wrote back, ‘I can’t and I won’t and neither should you.’"