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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chris Brown: When Will We Stop Putting Up with this Guy?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

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Brown's new single, featuring previously unreleased Aaliyah vocals.

While he was smart enough not to pull a hit-and-run, the other driver states he refused to show her his driver's license. When she tried to take a picture of him and his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, Brown allegedly snapped and started calling her names. Supposedly, Tran screamed "Don't touch her!" at her boyfriend as he attempted to grab the camera.

"Don't touch her"? Helpful words from a career concerned partner or the pleading of someone familiar with their partner's violent streak?

Meanwhile, it seems like Chris Brown and his people are behaving just as aggressively in tackling his tarnished reputation. Chris Brown sits around and tweets about God and praying. Chris Brown decides to establish something called the Unity Campaign, which he states is an effort for people of all races and sexual orientations to love each other. Chris Brown just released a song using vocals by deceased legend Aaliyah, who also wrote a song very clearly addressing domestic violence called "Never No More." Chris Brown also "helped" raise $50,000 for a domestic-violence prevention program by appearing at a fashion show.

I'm sure the list of positive and helpful things goes on, but it comes off the same way as Wal-Mart stocking organic produce, or Shell Oil claiming they're investing money in sustainable-energy solutions. It's just too easy to sit and imagine a tribunal of eight people sitting around a table saying, "How can we keep this kid making us money?"

It's hard to look at someone the same way after a domestic-assault incident. And truly, no one should be looked at the same way after such a thing. Violence begets violence. People who cause pain have nearly always suffered themselves. But the story of Chris Brown seems to ask, "How much is enough?" What exactly does Chris Brown have to do before he's no longer poised to put out hit songs while cameras follow him around?

I was talking to a co-worker of mine about Chris Brown, asking her how she felt about him. She said that she felt he was an insincere brat. I mentioned that he went through a yearlong course on domestic violence. She didn't care. So then I asked her how she felt about a controversial artist we were both fans of, Michael Jackson.

The world watched as Michael butchered his face. They watched as he became a recluse after being accused of molesting children. But Michael Jackson was never hated and scorned quite like Chris Brown has been. Whether they felt he was innocent or guilty, everyone said the same thing: "Oh, he had a really hard life growing up."

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