Chris Brown appeared on the Today Show this morning. Matt Lauer asked him about his new album, but the conversation moved toward his 2009 domestic violence incident. Brown has apologized for his crime numerous times and he has been prosecuted for the beating of Rihanna. No one would even try to excuse his behavior, but it is 4 years later. Has he apologized enough? Will America ever forgive him or does it matter? Brown has not lost his fan base so does he need to continue to seek public redemption? Share your thoughts.
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We all know that Chris Brown beat up his girlfriend Rihanna. Domestic violence is not a joke, but an Atlanta resteraunt decided it would be cute to have a burger they called “Black and Bleu”, and they tweeted it was inspired by Chris Bown and Rihanna. Read the linked story for the details, but I’ll just say this was wrong on all levels.
Three years ago Chris Brown brutally beat his then girlfriend Rihanna. Brown has been punished for his crime, and during that time there was a restraining order keeping the two from assiciating. Now three years later he and Rihanna have collaborated on two songs and they are rumored to be back together. Many people have expressed outrage and said that Rihanna is a role model and this sends a bad signal to young girls. Is she a role model? Is this any of our business? What do you think?
FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards’ warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn’t have been rewarded with such attention. Brown was front-and-center three times during Sunday’s Grammys. He won best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.,” he performed a single from his upcoming album, “Turn Up the Music,” and he opened a dance tribute to “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius. The imagery of Brown’s Grammy glory was striking because it was, literally, a return to the scene of the crime. On the eve of the 2009 Grammys, Brown beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for which he later pled guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor. Since then, Brown has worked to repair his image, undergone domestic violence counseling and rediscovered popularity with his hit album “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies).” Last year, his restraining order was eased. The former order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event. Rihanna also performed Sunday but the two never shared the stage. On Sunday evening, Twitter was abuzz with questions of Brown’s significant role in the proceedings. Many critics argued against the Grammys’ decision to celebrate Brown and endorse his comeback. New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones called Brown’s return “one of the Grammys’ weirdest choices ever,” and cited R&B singer Drake as the more deserving star in the genre to celebrate. In an op-ed, Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post said that while people deserve second chances, “That doesn’t mean they deserve a chance to strut around the Grammy stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault.” Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic tweeted: “I don’t look for the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words ‘felony assault’ mean anything at all?” Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich defended the show’s backing of Brown on “CBS This Morning” on Monday. He said that he was “kind of rooting” for Brown. “I just believe people deserve a second chance,” said Ehrlich. “The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance.”Certainly, there are many fans of Brown — “Team Breezy,” as he calls them — and they, too, took to social media to defend Brown. But some of those tweets were also held up as examples of questionable taste. The site Buzzfeed gathered 25 tweets from Brown fans with lines such as: “I don’t know why Rihanna complained. Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to.” The feminism blog Feministe cited such reaction as evidence that “we as a society have a lot more work to do” to educate on domestic violence. Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also questioned the message the Grammys were sending. “If an awards show is going to highlight an artist, what an awesome message they could send if we got an update somehow about how that artist had changed in a positive way,” said Smith. “Otherwise, the message becomes wait for a period of time and go on with business as usual.” Brown, who didn’t attend last year’s Grammys even though he was nominated for three awards, has sometimes portrayed himself as embattled. On Sunday, he tweeted, “Team breezy we have come (a long) way … No matter what anyone says … WE MADE IT!!”
In his acceptance speech and performances, he made no mention or gesture to his last, abbreviated trip to the Grammys. But he did tweet — and then delete — the message: “People who make mistakes and learn from them are ROLE MODELS too. I’m just happy to inspire growth and positivity.” Rihanna also performed Sunday, singing her hit “We Found Love” and transitioning into a duet of “Princess of China” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Rihanna was nominated for four awards, including best album for her disc “Loud.” She shared in the wins for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song for Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” with Kid Cudi and Fergie. But many performers watching at home questioned Brown’s involvement. “Are Chris Brown’s mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?” sarcastically wondered Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family.”The singer Michelle Branch tweeted: “Trying not to go off on a rant but … Chris Brown … (bites tongue) have we forgiven him?” “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd took a similar tact, writing, “Looks like all is forgiven (with) Chris Brown. That’s all I’ll say.”
Did you have a problem with the Grammys’ embrace of Chris Brown?
A friend of mine sent me this clip this morning. Fox News Laura Ingraham discusses Chris Brown. She criticized the decision by NBC to showcase him on their Summer Concert Series. Chris Brown brutally beat his former girlfriend Rihanna and he was punished for that act, but at what point is he allowed to move on with his life and career? Fox News made the decision to send a rep to the concert site armed with a picture of Rihanna after the beating. What I found disturbing about this exercise was how the young black women since for some reason they did not interview the white fans who were numerous did minimize the beating and in some cases blamed the victim. Now for me that’s a problem. I do feel Brown should be allowed to perform, but he did abuse Rihanna and there is no excuse for that act and it is indeed sad to see young women shrug when they look at the damage the talent performer inflicted on his former girlfriend, but that being said let the young man work. Ingraham is not and never was a part of the Brown fan base. So he can’t win her back because he never had her. Tell me what you think. Is the critisim justified? Should NBC have had Brown as a part of the concert series?
Today Rosie O’Donnell said on her radio show that some of the hatred toward Chris Brownnis racially motivated. She said he is being held to a higher standard than most entertainers. She was not giving him a pass on the beating, but she is talking about how he is being treated now. Does she have a point? Tell me what you think.
I watched Chris Brown perform last night on Dancing with the Stars. He is a gifted performer with the capacity to bring audiences to their feet. There was no interview so there was no incident. Brown should simply perform. At this point since he can not seem to show enough contrition to satisfy everyone he needs to do what he does best. Brown has been punished for his violent assault on Rihanna and some people will never be able to forgive him or forget it, but those are not the people that are his real target market. Brown has not lost his core audience. In fact his some of hard core fans blamed the victim not Brown. Right now his current album has 3 number 1 hits. When I see Chris Brown I can not help, but think about his abusive past, but I don’t own a Chris Brown CD, and probably never will. The fact is I was never a part of his core audience. His core audience is young and they see a good looking entertainer with a winning smile and killer dance moves and that is the group that he has always appealed to and in their eyes he can do no wrong.
I have watched the video of the Chris Brown/Robin Roberts interview. Roberts comes across as a friend, but what she does to Brown could hardly be described as friendly. ABC contends Brown agreed to the questions in advance, but when you look at his body language it is hard to believe he would have agreed to the questions. Celebrities usually set the parameters for their interviews and it would seem that Brown would have requested that no questions about rihanna be asked. No one is trying to defend Brown’s behavior toward Rihanna, but did Roberts really have to persist with the questioning when it was plain to the viewing audience that the guest was uncomfortable? What was the motive? Pursuit of the truth or pursuit of high ratings. So Brown leaves the interview and explodes into a fit of rage and everyone is quick to say “I told you so”. Yes, it was unwise for Brown to respond the way he did, and I have to wonder who are his handlers, but I also wonder is Roberts proud of herself?