While many in the Twitterverse were both appalled he was allowed to perform (twice!) and thrilled to see him on the show, after winning a golden statue, Breezy took to Twitter to give his haters a message:
“HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate FUCK OFF!”
Sensing that perhaps he’d said something wrong, Brown (or his inept PR team) deleted the tweet and replaced it with something a little more humble: “IM BACK SO WATCH MY BaCK as I walk away from all this negativity #teambreezygrammy.”
While many have jumped to Brown’s defense, I can’t help be continue to give the young pop star the side-eye. Nothing about Brown tells me he’s really learned from the violent incident or even “gets” why people are still ambivalent toward him, despite his immense talent.
Each time the public allows Brown back into the fold it seems he gives us a reason to flinch.
After apologizing for violently beating Rihanna, instead of keeping a low profile, Brown seemed to fly off the handle each time he was asked about that night. Throwing a chair out of the window, getting into a Twitter spats, and disparaging gays marred Chris’ reformed image.
And yes, while it may be unfair to be constantly asked about “the incident,” as a public figure, Brown has to know that this will come up. He can either deal with it maturely, or continue to spaz out–each one either hurting or helping his public image.
But here’s the thing. Our feelings toward Chris Brown aren’t really about Breezy. They speak to a larger message we send our youngsters about relationships, domestic violence, and where we place the blame.
While his story could serve as a true story of redemption, sadly, it’s become yet another example of victim blaming, assuaging relationship violence, and embracing an not-so-apologetic abuser.
Writer Zerlina Maxwell summed up my thoughts perfectly: “When Chris Brown is celebrated as some sort of survivor who pulled himself up from the ruins without the acknowledgment of that 2009 assault, a grave injustice is committed. Yet those who bring up the incident are accused of rehashing ‘old news’ and preventing a young man who deserves another chance from moving on. Brown’s smash records, film roles and successful tours (not to mention rumors that he continues to see ex-girlfriend Rihanna) make it quite clear: he’s not having a hard time moving on at all. Yet, if that terrible abuse could have at the very least been a lesson for young women and men, that lesson was largely lost to the cult of celebrity worship and our unhealthy tendency to accept and excuse domestic violence.”
What do you think?