Chris Brown, You Need to Sit Down And SHUT UP
So, yesterday we were so wrapped up in the release of the new Panic! at the Disco album that we missed another big story regarding an album release.
Chris Brown released his album F.A.M.E., the title meaning either “Fans Are My Everything” or “Forgiving All My Enemies.” This is, of course, the first album Brown has released since his highly publicized assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Oh, well, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that “assault” part. Because Chris Brown has made it very clear that he doesn’t want to talk about it and he just wants people to forget about it. And I mean VERY CLEAR.
Brown appeared on Good Morning America to promote the album. Interviewer Robin Roberts asked him several times during the interview about the assault and it’s consequences in Brown’s life and career. Brown tried to steer the conversation back to the new album.
Okay, so, understandably, Brown didn’t want to talk about this. I get that. However, what I DON’T get is his reaction to the questioning. In the Green Room, following the interview, Brown reportedly began screaming loud enough for hair and make-up to call security. Brown then broke a window with a chair, angrily confronted the producer of the show and stormed out of the studio shirtless, walking out on a second planned performance.
Well, now. THAT sounds like someone who’s successfully passed anger management classes.
Look, like I said, I GET Chris Brown not wanting to talk about what happened. But I honestly can’t believe he didn’t think questions about the 2009 assault would come up. He did a TERRIBLE thing to someone he claimed to love and he got caught. And yes, he’s going to have to live with both what he did to Rihanna AND the public’s reaction to/opinion of him, which isn’t always going to be great. While many fans have stood by him for his music, there are also many people who have not and probably will not forgive him for what transpired.
I’m just saying: if he didn’t want to be labeled a violent woman-beater, he shouldn’t have violently beaten his girlfriend.
However, I DO actually agree with something Chris Brown twittered after his tantrum:
“I’m so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t.”
You know, Chris Brown? I don’t agree with the first part. What you did is going to follow you for the rest of your career. HOWEVER, you’re right about the second part. It’s not right that after the way Charlie Sheen has acted in the past, including “accidentally” shooting his girlfriend and beating multiple women, that we’re rewarding his bad behavior with merchandising deals and more publicity. It’s extremely stupid and it’s just the media feeding off a person’s obvious untreated mental illness rather than encouraging him to get some help. It’s actually disgusting.
But Chris, the right way to react to this is NOT to trash dressing rooms and act out violently. Violence is where this all started and it’s certainly not helping your case that you’ve changed. Maybe consider practicing some of that stuff you learned in anger management.
And be happy that ABC isn’t pressing charges. The network has confirmed that, despite Brown’s actions, he will still be performing on next week’s edition of “Dancing with the Stars.”