Some parents are outraged that Nickelodeon has not removed controversial [article id="1604461"]Kids' Choice Awards[/article] nominees [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] and [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] from the ballot. As of Tuesday, 5,284 parents had signed an online petition asking that they be removed, reports People.com.
In a statement to People, the network stands by its decision not to remove Brown, who has been [article id="1606426"]charged with felony assault and making criminal threats[/article], as a nominee for the show set to air on March 28. "Like all our KCA nominees, Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his body of work as a performer," a Nickelodeon rep said. "And the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category."
Brown is up for two awards, Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song for "Kiss Kiss," the latter of which finds him up against his girlfriend and alleged victim, Rihanna. A spokesperson for the show confirmed that Brown would not be attending the show.
"Chris has been hanging out with Rihanna, working on his music and spending time with and speaking with his mother and pastor," a source told People.
On Tuesday, [article id="1606715"]Diddy rather uncomfortably opened up on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"[/article] about why he allowed Brown and Rihanna to vacation at his Miami home after the February 8 incident.
"It was a dark time for them, and I was there as more of a support," he said. "I'm not immersed in [the proceedings]. I'm not going to pass judgment on it. I'm going to be there as a friend."