Me vs. Chris Brown

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Music Industry, Pop
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Everyone seems to have an opinion about the presence of Chris Brown at the Grammys this past weekend. We all know that the last time he was supposed to appear, was the same night he beat up his then girlfriend, Rihanna. The fact that he was present and performed not only once, but twice, lead to an array of reactions from viewers. People have been writing articles/blogs/journals about how they feel about this. I’m not normally one to jump on a bandwagon and do something that everyone else is doing, but in this case I’ll make an exception because I can’t keep my mouth shut (it’s a bit of a problem.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Most reactions are anger. Why was he allowed back? Why did he need to perform? Three years isn’t enough time – he got off the hook too easily. One woman pointed out that the Grammys acted like it was Chris Brown’s comeback show – as if he was forced into some sort of involuntary hiatus and is now being revered, celebrated and welcomed back with good wishes and open arms. Like they were forced to exclude him from the last two Grammys to save face. Other angry opinions state that it’s a slap in the face to all victims of domestic violence because it’s almost saying that it was no big deal and people have moved past it. Except that beating the crap out of your girlfriend is a big deal.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Some people are saying we should get over it. That it’s about time that we let all this go and leave Chris Brown alone. Why the hell should we? These same individuals try and justify that what he does in his personal life shouldn’t affect him as a musician. Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s because he’s a human being. Like the rest of us. Just because he’s famous for being skilled at something, doesn’t give him the right to act inhumanely. Sure Rihanna’s bruises and split lip may have healed, and the swelling may have gone down, but who knows how it has affected her emotional state? Fans were cheering on Chris Brown has he popped and locked on stage, they applauded non-stop and shrieked in excitement. Some fans even tweeted that they would let Chris Brown beat them up any day because he’s so hot. Wow. He even won a Grammy to no one’s disbelief. How can we so easily forget that he destroyed his girlfriend’s face? It’s just another reminder to us females that we will never really be equal no matter how hard we try.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Others are taking the “Switzerland” position and staying neutral, claiming we don’t really know what actually went down that night so it’s hard to take sides. Um, have you seen that photo? The fact that Rihanna’s face was bloodied and bruised and Chris’s was untouched, seems a little suspicious don’t you think? What could have possibly transpired in that car to give that result? You guys should stop trying to pretend you’re being objective and only basing your opinion of proven facts. No matter which way you slice it, violence is never the answer (I thought that was obvious.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced five years probation and community service. For using Rihanna’s face as a punching bag. That really seems fair. He made an obviously scripted public apology four months after the fact – which I don’t even think he believed, let alone the rest of us. He trashed the dressing room for Good Morning America and walked out without a shirt on, because they asked him questions about the incident two years later. What Chris Brown did is wrong. Disgusting. Terrible. Everyone deserves a second chance, but only if they show any signs of remorse, only if they earn their way back in, only if they deserve it. Chris Brown acts like our forgiveness was expected. Like he knew we’d get over it and he’d be back on top in no time. He’s made no effort to even appear ashamed, embarrassed, remotely sorry. Breezy is right back where he started, no damage done. And that’s what angers me most.
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