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The Tracks of Chris Brown's Tears: Redemption Via Musical Selection

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Chris Brown performs a Michael Jackson tribute onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
So apparently Chris Brown has finally been redeemed from his woman beating ways via a Michael Jackson tribute and the BET Awards. Last year Debra Lee brought us pre teen girls dancing to pornographic lyrics, this year she brings us a lovely public service announcement that batterers are A-Okay as long as they cry really hard and dance really well.

The headline out of the BET Awards isn't Kanye West's comeback, but Chris Brown's. Apparently he did an AMAZING Michael Jackson tribute and he cried. Oh yes my young sisters, he criiiiiiiiiiied! Could there be any more clear display of Chris Brown's "remorse" for beating the hey-el out of his girlfriend than genuine, made in a America tears?

Dear young readers, please don't make the mistake of thinking that batterers don't "cry." Heck they may feel genuine remorse for beating the hey-el out of you. They may cry, send flowers, they have their Mama's send flowers right after she cries. They stop by your jobs to tell you how sorry they are. Batterers are really really nice people, unless they are beating the hey-el out of you.

And of course Debra Lee who is now the grand champion of Black Girl's empowerment was more than happy to play her role in assuring millions of little Black girls that as long as he cries... and dances really, really well, its all to the good.

Is he a great performer, yes. Ike Turner was a very talented man. He beat the heck out of Tina. OJ Simpson was a very talented man- he beat the heck out of Nicole. Lisa Left Eye Lopez was an extremely talented woman, she burned the hey-el out of a house.

There will be a lot of chatter about redemption and forgiveness and many mindless sheeple arguing that Chris Brown has "paid" for punching biting kicking Rihanna and then driving off with his security detail leaving her on a dark street in the middle of the night.

I want you to remember that life is NOT a Tyler Perry movie. Redemption is not one musical selection away.

Everything I have seen out of Chris Brown over the past year has indicated that he is still a petulant man child with poor impulse control and a tremendous sense of entitlement. He couldn't even stay out of the spotlight for 6 months, but immediately tried to mount a "comeback." This would indicate that he craves the spotlight so much that he will do anything to stay in it. To the extent that he hasn't beaten up anyone else, its not due to any self control on his part, but due to the fact that there's a judge in California waiting to throw his narrow behind in the pokey.

Do I believe in redemption and forgiveness? Absolutely! But neither are based on live musical performances.

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Reader Comments (74)

Yes, sheeple love to forgive and throw women/girls under the bus.

Before folks chime in with women beat men too, last time I checked the majority of women in a direct physical encounter with no weapons CANNOT beat a man down. The opposite is not the case, men can, have and continue to kill women with their bare hands. Men are NOT in mortal danger in a fight with a woman where no weapon is involved. That is the bottom line.

Moving to Chris Brown, he will beat another woman again somewhere down the line. It is inevitable because he has learned NOTHING from this experience and Black folks will not hold anyone accountable for such transgressions. None of my money will go to supporting him but I am sure I am in the minority.

Women and Girls in the reading Audience,

Fact: If you go back to someone that has beat you, you have given that person tacit permission that it is okay to beat you and he will beat you again. Eventually, it will lead to your death.

The choice is yours.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAV

What other talent does Chris Brown have except for singing and performing? I can't see him stepping out of the spotlight since he probably can't do anything else to earn $$$ and survive.

Having said that, I have no sympathy for Mr. Brown. Will never buy his albums and will never support him.

But, he has his fans -- including Black women who feel that he has already "suffered enough" and that Rihanna had it coming.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

I am no Chris Brown fan, but Charlie Sheen just signed on big bucks to continue his TV show, why the double standard?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

When you spoke about tears it reminded me of when my cousin was physically and sexually abused for years by her boyfriend some years back. She finally got the courage to leave him and we literally had to hide her in our house. Her boyfriend came around looking for her that same night (we lied and said she wasn't there) and he was crying LONG tears on our doorstep, talking about he wants his "woman" back. The tears had nothing to do with genuine remorse, and everything to do with his shock and shame that she had actually got up the nerve and dignity to leave him.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNia

he may have cried...but it was because this was the 1st time that he has dealt with his demons. hopefully, Ron Artest can hook him up with his shrink.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthefriendraiser

Everyone is entitled to forgiveness and a second chance, if they make the strides to change the behavior and are remorseful. Nothing Chris Brown has done over the last year has demonstrated any of that. He just constantly came off as an immature man child that still displayed the poor impulse control that stalled his career in the first place. Now of course his shining moment of redemption has arrived with an emotional tribute to MJ a year after his death complete with a tearful breakdown officially sanctioned by Jermaine Jackson and BET. Just like R.Kelly, OJ, and Ike Turner before him "talent" is supposed to make you overlook their behavior and once again that theory holds. Before I would be sad or even angry over a stunt like this but now I'm just numb.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterForwhatmy2centsisworth

@blkchk, please refer to the name of this blog. What Charlie Sheen does to women that aren't our daughters is somebody else's cause. If you're concerned about their daughters perhaps you might want to do a blog post about it.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

Redeemed? No, he's being praised for performing well. He won't be officially "redeemed" until his next album/single sales well. Money talks indeed.

@blkchk - double standards exist, but in this case it was a matter of Chris Brown happening to beat up someone more famous than himself. there have been numerous batterers whose past have been collectively forgotten because the women they beat were, for the public's purpose, 'nobodies.'

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKjen

Actually I was referring to the general public, I actually think the black community never really was behind the Chris Brown backlash, it was the pop audience that was lost. Chris Brown was a mainstream star who hit another mainstream star, that's why his career suffered.
If Trey Songz hit a a black girlfriend who wasn't famous, his career probably wouldn't have taken a huge it. Just like R Kelly's career didn't take a huge hit b/c R Kelly is a star mostly in the black community, not really a mainstream/pop artist.
The only thing I can think of that will make the black community turn on a popular figure is maybe coming out of the closet.
Rihanna has a new boyfriend, Chris has performed his legal obligations, is he not allowed to make a living anymore? I don't think folks would actually want their daughter to date Chris, but people support him to at least have a chance to make a living.That's why I brought up Charlie Sheen. Even Rob Lowe gets a chance to revamp his career and a young man like Chris can't?
I don't buy the tears by the way, I just think Chris should have the same shot as other folks in Hollywood who were able to revamp their careers. Don't forgive some (who happen to be white) and not forgive others

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

To you all that are saying he feels no genuine remorse for his actions last year,.. How do you know this?..

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertolace

I just think Chris should have the same shot as other folks in Hollywood who were able to revamp their careers. Don’t forgive some (who happen to be white) and not forgive others

I do not forgive women beaters regardless of color and they certainly do not get my money. The issues affecting AA BW are so extreme and so critical that we do not have the luxury to forgive the likes of Chris Brown, RJ Kelly and the like. The fact that we do this forgiveness wholesale without demanding that this forgiveness be earned is a betrayal of the basic values we used to have. Chris Brown has done nothing to justify forgiving him of anything.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAV

"...is he not allowed to make a living anymore?"

Not if the public doesn't want him to. Nobody is entitled to make a living as an entertainer. You will make a living as long as the people continue to pay you to entertain them. When they decide they don't want to do that any longer. Too bad. Singers come and go every day. How many has-beens singers are there out there? And those guys aren't even convicted violent felons. Folk just don't want to hear them anymore. It's doubtful that Brown's career would have had any longevity anyway. Let's face it, most singers don't.

As for having the same shot in Hollywood, well, some do and some don't. For every Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen there's the Coreys and Danny Bonaduce. When folk get tired of you they're tired of you. Best to have a fallback position.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

blkchik, no one is entitled to make a Hollywood living, especially off the general public's dime. There are many unemployed hard-working folks who manage to refrain from beating women unconscious their entire lives. So that "why can't Chris Brown have a shot at continuing to make millions at the expense of Black women and human decency" line is weak. He did not serve time in prison for breaking the law and nearly killing someone. He didn't even deserve that break.

I'm really getting tired of the Chris Brown and Charlie Sheen comparisons. It's like some folks' immediate reaction is to find a white person who committed the same crime to garner sympathy for the poor black criminal [man]. As someone else already stated above, this is a blog dedicated to Black women. If you are so concerned about the women that Charlie Sheen beats (rather consistently), then perhaps you can blog about that.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoCo

Right no one has a right to sell records or whatever. I feel that all entertainers if they get into trouble are always one huge hit away from forgiveness. We will see how the fans respond. I am not a fan and never was.
But it was the mainstream media that put a check on Chris Browns career not BW, whether CB comes back will not be up to the black community

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I need to link this to facebook - why do you not have Share button?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Never mind! I found it!

Some ladies and I were just talking about this the other day.....What is it with all the crying Nigras? They get caught up in their mess, get called out on it, then here come the water works.

Yes, it works on some folks, but to me they just look like little crying wusses! That is a ploy that women use, not GROWN ASS MEN!! smdh!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

@ blkchik and tolace, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You make such statements at a time in this country, with the recession/depression going on, domestic violence and other such programs are facing budget cuts while at the same time increasing demands for their services, what are you talking about?

Wrong is wrong no matter who does it; just because a White person does a wrong and seemingly gets away with it doesn't mean a Black person should feel entitled to do the same criminal act and also get away with it.

If you saw/read Chris Brown's subsequent interviews, he may indeed feel sorry for what he did, but more he's sorry he got caught, arrested, tried and convicted. HE NOW HAS A CRIMINAL RECORD THAT WILL FOLLOW HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. Unfortunately, he was not ordered to attend a batterer's intervention program for 18 months, that for me is an important difference.

Violence against women in this society is not only encouraged in many of the ways we have discussed on this blog, it is also rewarded, i.e., Chris Brown, D.L. Hugely, R. Kelly, et.al. If Cry Baby Chris wants to make a living, why doesn't he take some time off, take what money he has made and hopefully saved, and go to college and get a degree? He now knows the music business can sometimes be shaky, why not have a plan of another way to make an honest income? Oh no too much like right, huh? Too many other people with him and around him who also make their living from his career so he can't take time off even if he wanted to?


June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

Although I understand your point of view and do agree with forgiveness I believe that the other sistas have some valid points too. What overall effect or message are we sending our daughters and our sons? That it is okay to beat women as long as you have a hiatus long enough for people to forget the incident? Are we telling our young sons that you can have your cake and eat it too? Although I do not nor will not say if Brown was being remorseful when he cried; I can say that he should have really shunned from publicity when things were tense. I remember him picking up trash backhome in Richmond and he really did not get the same treatment as the other prisoners. What is next Slim Thug writing a song about black women and we are suppose to accept that too? I believe blkchick that people are in a rage is due to lack of or any personal responsibility from Brown.
I do know blkchick that you are speaking from a place of forgiveness for Brown.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdwoa

Gina, I think you are preaching to the choir here. But from the comments I've seen around the internet this morning it seems that a lot of women are defending Chris Brown.

I don't get why any women would defend him but then again I don't get why R.Kelly still has a career.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

lol, I love your sarcasm and fully agree with you.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHodan

I find it odd that WAOD defended a white policeman punching a young black woman.But they can't seem to forgive a 19 year old. I guess beating up black women is fine as long as it's done by a white male.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkandi


It is why women more often than not use weapons to attack men. Still, if you want to compare the lethality of women, you have to consider cases of child abuse.* The power differentials between woman and child are similar to men and women.

*An over representation of black children in foster care and protective custody.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist

Who are you people who have no idea what forgivness is in life? Have your lives been so perfect that you have wronged no one? I doubt it. In fact the ones who criticize the loudest are most likely the ones with the most major of offenses. So sad. But your lack of compassion says more about you than Chris Brown. Keep telling on yourself.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtlantaSistah

Is he supposed to be banned from music for life?

While I think it was a bad idea to put out an album right away - that was his handlers decision - I get the logic - but I think he would have been bettered served with an extended time out.

It's his job and the public will decide if he's worth "saving." There is no hypocrisy in having him perform - he completed his sentence and his rehab - and that's that.

I believe in forgiveness - though I don't believe he's done much over the past year to show that he fully understands the gravity of what he did or if he's truly changed - but he's as entitled to forgiveness as anyone else.

With that said he finished his sentence and now it's time to move on. If he offends again he will be dealt with. The public will decide if he is redeemable.

R Kelly def hasn't recovered from his scandal - and whoever said kelly wasn't a mainstream/pop success must have never been to one of his concerts - he can't sell records to save his life.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ


"She finally got the courage to leave him and we literally had to hide her in our house."

I dont mean to be insensitive but why do we have to halo every woman that leaves a violent relationship? If someone starts beating me as I am walking down the street, I have little recourse but to fight back and get away. Far away. If I am, day in and day out, sharing a bed with a person who does the same, there is no courage just common sense- which I previously lacked.

Women who stay with abusive men remind me of drug addicts. Yes, its great that you got the monkey off your back, but one must ask why you kept them on for so long.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist

Once Chris Brown served his time, the market should decide if they want him back.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist


"Yes, it works on some folks, but to me they just look like little crying wusses! That is a ploy that women use, not GROWN ASS MEN!! smdh!"

This can be construed as being very sexist. Stoicism in men is great, it is among their best attributes but they are human too.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist


I am here for the concerns and issues of AA women, you are here to speak for men. Your reference to child abuse seems to not include men in the equation which is consistent with your position to be in defense of men. This topic was not about child abuse.

You would be better served to find a blog that speaks to your interests as this blog is about our daughters.

We have nothing further to discuss.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAV

Economist - don't police my words. I am probably the most un-PC person that you will ever meet. If what I said was sexist, so be it, it is the truth.

From the stage to the pulpit, all that we are seeing is men that have royally screwed up handling their business like spoiled little girls. Or rather, to placate you, children....

Not fully admitting that they were wrong, or taking steps to make corrections or understand the reasoning behind their wrongdoing - but turning on the waterworks to squeeze out some sympathy for those that still fall for that shit...right after they trot out their mama's. Men, REAL MEN, REAL ACCOUNTABLE MEN, do not do this.

"I believe in forgiveness – though I don’t believe he’s done much over the past year to show that he fully understands the gravity of what he did or if he’s truly changed – but he’s as entitled to forgiveness as anyone else. "

I belive in forgiveness too - where it is due. Mr. Brown has skinned and grinned throughout this whole mess. Never fully admitted what he did, never tried to make amends or get help. Didn't visit a battered women's shelter, or talk to other reformed abusers - just laughed it off. Why - because he never thought that he would be hit where it mattered the most - his pocketbook...But oh! didn't Change come.....

He also didn't figure in one huge thing - the international success of his victim... If he beat up Khia or Trina, honestly, he would probably be alright by now. But he put his hands on a star that had crossover appeal, and sorry but white folks for the most part don't go for that....

Maybe BET will give him his own talk show or something....

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

@ The Economist, I was not "halo-ing" anyone I was stating a fact. She got up the courage to leave him. She was fearful for her life and she got over the fear. She found courage, simple. Might not be the kind of courage that you find admirable and that's fair enough. Then again you have no idea of her age or circumstances.
I have been following your comments on this blog and I don't expect you or even some of the other commenters to have any sympathy or understanding towards battered women at all.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNia

"Do I believe in redemption and forgiveness? Absolutely! But neither are based on live musical performances."

I agree with that much. However, out of curiousity, what are they based on exactly?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBGTO

every gd post, yall let yourselves be derailed by the same guy. Go back and read some of Gina's old posts and get a clue. You have the same 3 people singing the same damn song. It does not help black girls to get wrapped up in these [male AND female] trolls.

Some of yall haven't seen the jet-skiing pictures (shortly after Fistopher did his work) or read his Twitter posts.

The market and the people have spoken, CB is done.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

@ The Economist, please apply for a position at Vibe magazine. Your column would be a HIT (pun intended).

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDailyLattes

I keep wondering why people keep debating female impersonators, but I guess it takes a while to figure out what's going on.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoldenah

@ Kandi, stop the foolishness! The White poe-poe punching the young sister in the face pained me right in the heart, but after watching the video five times for myself, I have to ask, "why did the young sister in pink shirt, the one who got punched in the face, get in the middle of the officer trying to handle her friend?" In the eyes of the law, she would be in the wrong and the officer in the right. Granted, the way some people interpret the law is cockeyed, but she should not have gotten in the middle. I understand what she did, and I might have done the same thing had it been one of my sisters or best friend(s), but perhaps the best thing to do would have been keep calm, try to get my friend to keep calm, get his badge number and/or name and do as several very smart spectators did, STAND BACK AND TAKE PIX WITH MY CELL PHONE!

But for all of you giving Chris "Knock'em Down" Brown a melanin and testorone (sp) pass, who was the freedom fighter who said, "I could have freed more slaves if they had known they were slaves!" OH MY HOW FAR WE SLAVES HAVE COME! :( :(

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

@ Khandi,

My thoughts exactly.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLD

Here is a more logical comparison...If Justin Timberlake beat Britney Spears eyes shut would he be able to host the MTV awards next year?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknockoutchick

My sincere question is what does someone in Chris Brown's position need to do to be forgiven? Could they ever be forgiven? What would be considered enough?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBGTO

@ the Economist, as an "economist" would it have been ok with you if Rihanna had also filed a civil suit against Knock'em Down Brown? You know, multi million dollar suit for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss wages (for the time spent away from recording, touring, publicity events, etc.) while she recovered, emotional and/or physical therapy while she recovered, etc.? How would the "market" had spoken then, huh? :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

If there are young girls reading this I would also like to say don't sleep with married men (like Alicia Keys) and Nicki Minaj is not a role model although she proclaims to represent women

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Bravo to Team Beater Brown's PR team for coming up with this clever way to get him back in the good graces. Make people cry and they will forget allllll about it. I will forgive Chris when Tina forgives Ike and that ain't happening.

Society is really mixed up. We want to eagerly forgive Beater Brown but Michael Vick (bad choices) has yet to be forgiven by either side. Is a dog's life more valuable than a woman? I love animals..don't get me wrong, but really? If he had beat a dog the way he did Rhiana, there would be no justice...no peace! I think Team Vick needs to cry at the national puppy show to be redeemed.

And yes he will do it again..same as OJ and same as Ike. His "I'm sorry." even sounded like a classic "you made me beat you" speech. and notice he didn't dance to Beat It! also...notice JayZ, Beyonce nor Rhiana were there..so that tells me that this wasn't a redemption for everyone. Has Rhiana said it's ok he smashed her face in? I'm thinking not.

For the young women reading this...regardless of the glorification of having a married man's child (agree with @blkchik), Nicki Minaj (the black female ronald mcdonald) is not representing any woman but rather the "what NOT to do" and while I'm on that...what was up with all the hair colors? -wait i'm digressing...

The only thing Chris Beater Brown did for me was remind me that no one will ever dance like MJ.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBella C Mayhem

Also Chris Brown is seeking to be a pop star crooner or heart throb for young girls. Can you really be a heart throb and young girls fantasy boyfriend, if you have a violent history with women and girls?

It's not like he is in a hard core metal band like Kingdom of Sorrow and singing about misery, and the like.

I am sure most of you have read that this was not the first time he beat Rihanna, just like the "Pee" video taken of R. Kelly was not his first encounter with an underage girl....nor his last.

Is a Chris Brown poster what you want to seeing hanging on your tweens wall?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknockoutchick


Why not? She can use any legal means to seek retribution. However she needs to understand, like many here, that people will vote with their money. Whether he comes back tomorrow or two years from now, people will decide if they still want him. Roman Polanski anyone!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist

I don't think the issue is whether he should not be allowed to make music. For me the issue is how the black community has reacted to Chris Brown. I was on Facebook last night debating with friends about CB. Some said we should forgive him, everybody makes mistakes, Rihanna is at fault too. That's bull! But who got nearly choked to death and a swollen eye? It's sad b/c I'm not surprised how black men and women have defended CB. People joke about Ike Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It." Rodney King gets beat up and the whole community rallies. As we should have. A black woman gets beat up by a black man, it's her fault. SMH.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCocoa Fly


You were trying to imply that violence perpetrated by women isnt the same or isnt as bad. If a woman is using a gun, or a bat, or while the man is incapacitated, i.e. sleeping, than it is just as bad. Likewise, if any analogy can be drawn between the damage men can do to women, it is the damage women can do to children.

"I am here for the concerns and issues of AA women, you are here to speak for men. Your reference to child abuse seems to not include men in the equation..."

Now why would my reference include men? This site is about the issues of AA women right?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Economist

@ LD & Khandi Far be it from me to allow LOGIC and REASON to get in the way of the comments on these post, but there is no comparison between a law enforcement officer empowered by the law to kill you and Chris Brown. Anyone engaging in such a comparison is engaging in a grand delusion unworthy of additional comment by me. Other than to say that had the White officer been Black, my post encouraging young Black people not to assault police officers would have been EXACTLY the same.

regarding our current infestation, I I'll be fumigating this week since far too many of you can't identify visitors from the Kingdom of Troll when they arrive. AThey typically show up when I've scored a DIRECT HIT. I actually find their quarterly appearance reassuring. It means I'm right on target.

To all the people wailing about "forgiveness" and Chris Brown the post, had you read for comprehension merely said that a song selection is no measuring stick for remorse. The fact that he made a tribute to a dead man all about HIM and is still unable to control his emotions speaks volumes to me.

But then again, I wrote this post for all the other people who feel EXACTLY the way i do about this rush to "redeem" Chris Brown behind a song selection.

Great conversation though!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

I understand this is a black woman's site. And I am a black woman, but I find the Charlie Sheen/Chris Brown
comparison to be valid. Any woman that is in an abusive relationship matters and deserves to be helped. It's not someone else's problem. That is the same attitude many media stations have about minority women, and it's not a good look on anyone.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

@ the Economist, no, if Rihanna had filed a civil suit, that would not be retribution, it would have been JUSTICE! Plain and simple. People do it all the time; if someone can't get convicted of a crime and go to jail, then justice could also be served by a civil suit. Jail time don't hurt some folks, but mess with they money, then they scream, "OUCH!"

As far as a "comparison" between Charlie Sheen and Chris Brown, y'all need to stop! Sadly, some foolish people really think if a White person commits a crime and gets away with it, a Black person or any other person of color should be able to also commit the same crime and get away with it. Wrong is wrong, criminal is criminal, no matter who it is, nor matter the crime. Why would you actually take the time to form such a thought in your brains? Given the history of this country, any Black person, Chris Brown or any other, should get a few years jail time for such a crime AND THEN GET 10 YEARS FOR BEING ARROGANTLY STUPID! Enablers for such foolishness should get double time in jail, just on G.P., General Principle. Dammit! It's people like you enablers that DAs don't want on juries in cases of violence against women; you see a woman's injuries, hear her testimony, hear witnesses, 911 tape, etc., and rather than seeing facts and evidence, your brains go to a place called "forgiveness". :(

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

Actually I was referring to the comparison in a way that meant why do some people get away with it, and others don't. I should have been more clear.
I am in no way defending chris' actions or charlie's

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Which of these are "youthful mistakes" committed often by young celebs and often forgiven?

- You allow your "boys" to trash a hotel room and try to get away with it.

- You swipe a pair of Gucci sunglasses from an upscale boutique and assume because you are a celebrity everything is "comped" for you.

-You impregnate one of many groupies who then seek half of your last years income.

-You drive drunk or stoned endangering the lives of all those in your company and assume you will get away with it.

- You beat your GFs eyes shut, pummeling her with repeated blows to the face and head, while threatening to repeat the attack later.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknockoutchick

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