The latest episode of MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays (Se. 3, Ep. 24) was slightly uninspiring, however, there was one question that Aliya-Jasmine raised that I thought was interesting and is still a relevant hot topic today, even with the incident happening almost 3 years ago.
With his supposed “comeback” performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, Chris “beat down” Brown is certainly back in the spotlight, for his music and for his ominous attack on Rihanna.
Obviously there were mixed reactions to the posed question. This is a very heated topic of discussion, no matter what group of people you are talking to. Abuse is no laughing matter, but because Chris Brown is a celebrity and produces music, it gives rise to the issue of what celebrities can get away with (and have the greater public sympathize with the celebrity).
Chris Brown is certainly a “douche” and he is certainly “talented”. Two polar opposite responses; the first from Alex and the second from Jason. Each opinion is credible in my opinion. There is no denying that Chris Brown is a big douche for beating Rihanna. There is also no denying that Chris Brown is talented either. He’s an incredible dancer and performer, and has 8 Billboard Top 20 hits. However, being convicted of felony assault trumps those Billboard happenings. Or does it? Do you like Chris Brown’s latest single, “Turn Up The Music”? I sure as hell do. The song is definitely a “club banger” and the choreography in the music video is brilliant. There is no doubt he is talented.
Now going back to the “douche” comment Alex raised. As Jason stated, “if you like Chris Brown, it’s like promoting violence against women.” Jason didn’t say this himself, but was paraphrasing possible reactions to someone who still likes Chris Brown. If you like a song, you like a song. You shouldn’t feel guilty or apprehensive about sharing it on Facebook or Twitter with your friends and followers. Yes, there will be people that will reply to the post saying “How can you like Chris Brown?!”, but we all know those exact people are blasting Chris Brown as they type that comment. Some people are hypocrites and insecure in their own interests that they have to put down someone else’s. Don’t let that bother you. You know that track is wicked.
Although I can and will still listen to Chris Brown, I have to point out the “ugly truth” to the matter.
Remember during the 2012 Grammy’s when this happened? It’s sad when teenage girls and young women succumb glorifying Chris Brown’s abuse … ON THEM SELVES! “Everyone shut up about Chris Brown being a woman beater. Shit he can beat me up all night if he wants.” Really? REALLY?! These women have zero self-respect.
It’s sad and appalling that these women think this way. But then again, are these women only saying this because Chris Brown is a celebrity and find him attractive? Just wait until the day your boyfriend beats you down. Would they still find abuse “hot”? It might possibly be that some of these women actually get a kick out of abuse. Fetish much? Who knows? Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if it does, you will think twice about praising a criminal.
But are we really surprised by these reactions? Who are we kidding? We are so desensitized to violence it doesn’t matter if Chris Brown beats us down. (Not to say that everyone would let Chris Brown beat them, but the point is there).
Ultimately, the great majority of us will continue to listen to Chris Brown because his music is infectious at times. Who doesn’t like ‘Forever’? The majority of us do not support violence or abuse against women, but he fact of the matter is that, because of Chris Brown’s celebrity status in society and popular culture, he will continue his community service and he will continue to produce music. Who knows, he may even continue to beat women. Lessons learned? Only time will tell … as we turn up the music.
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