CHRIS BROWN’S VICIOUS CYCLE: THE OUTBURST, THE APOLOGY, THE FALL OUT ***UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO,  AND REACTIONS

***UPDATED WITH FULL DETAILS OF THE MELTDOWN


I must say, I am confused, very confused.  As we all now know, on Monday  Chris Brown performed on GMA and after went back stage and had, shall we say,  a serious anger management issue — screaming in the face of a segment producer, screaming at his manager and throwing, depending on which report you read or which staffer you talk to, either a cooler or a chair which shattered the dressing room window, sending shards of glass to the sidewalk below.   This extreme behavior because Robin Roberts asked him about the changes in his life since his court-ordered restraining order against Rihanna was “relaxed.”

***THIS JUST IN: Chris Brown threw both a cooler and a chair at different times.  After he left the set, his behavior was described as “batshit.”    He spotted a  cooler by the props department and  threw that towards the office of the executive producer. He then continued the tirade as he walked down to his dressing room.   Once he and his entourage were in the dressing room, the door was closed and  a chair was thrown thrown through the window, presumably by Brown.

Now Brown has explained what happened and apologized, sort of, not on GMA, but on BET. I, for one, think apologies should at least sound more heart-felt than obligatory. And I don’t think they should come with a soundtrack, as this does.

I also feel strongly that this one should have been directed to the GMA segment producer and to Robin Roberts who has chosen to remain publicly friendly to the star. In the BET video, Brown asks fans not to threaten Robin Roberts, as he says he’s learned  of on twitter. (No outrage on his part there, however.)

A sincere apology  should also be given to internet fans for whom he was to perform a second song before storming shirtless out of the studio. And, of course,  the hair and make-up team who were frightened enough to call security.

TMZ first published Rihannas assault photo

Chris Brown also owes an apology to the Superior Court judge who, just weeks ago, modified the court order (questions about which really ticked him off) that barred him from contacting or being near ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Part of the order  is still in effect; he’s still prohibited from  harassing or annoying her.

I wonder if Rihanna found the GMA outburst annoying or harassing.  And I wonder if it triggered any post traumatic stress disorder she might have resulting from the beating he gave her that fateful night before the Grammy Awards.

Last December 21st, Brown tweeted to fans, “‘im done with class” and sent out to fans a copy of his domestic violence course completion certificate.   In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “i have enough self respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there (sic) mistakes.. Men learn from them!!!thx”

After pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna,  giving her a bruised face (a photo of which would be leaked to TMZ)  the 21-year-old R&B singer was sentenced to five years probation, 1,400 hours of community service and ordered to complete that one-year domestic violence course.

Chris Browns certificate of completion of his court-ordered domestic violence course.

I wonder if this outburst is a violation of Chris Brown’s Probation.  I wonder why no one else is asking?

I’m a big fan of Robin Roberts, we worked together for years.  I know it would be great if she could convince Chris Brown to sit down with her one more time, but Robin,  he terrorized your peeps on Monday.  You can still give him a warm, big-sisterly scolding.

Perhaps Robin Roberts could visit a battered women’s shelter on GMA and see if those women think the year-long course made a difference.  At least make some gesture to your predominantly women viewers before wishing Chris Brown “the best” again, or talking about how warm and friendly their relationship was when visiting his home last year to discuss his guilty plea in the assault of his girlfriend.

One of  Robin Roberts  competitors asked me  last night why she didn’t interview the segment producer, hair and make-up staff and any other eyewitnesses on GMA.  As I thought about that, I wondered if  perhaps they weren’t terrorized at all as is so easy to speculate.  They would have the best insight of all into the Chris Brown meltdown.

Still, I am  most disheartened about the general lack of astonishment towards Chris Brown’s behavior that shows, if nothing else, he’s learned precious little and should have his parole immediately reviewed. It is a parole that, if revoked, would send him to jail for four years — not for breaking a window, but for proving to the court he still doesn’t have his violent temper under control.

Interestly, Antonio Moro, the GMA news anchor Robin Roberts replaced,  sent me a note to let me know that he raised the question of a parole violation on his local Miami evening newscast.  (Antonio Moro has a law degree from Harvard, plus an enquiring mind.)

The fact remains, Chris Brown has done little to show he is a different man. Take his first album after his guilty plea.

“If Brown’s goal with “Graffiti” was to begin the rehabilitation of his damaged image, you have to wonder how he and his handlers convinced themselves that including the song “Famous Girl,” in which Brown insists that his cheating on a pop-star girlfriend came after her own infidelity, was a good idea,” wrote an LA Times reviewer.

“Should’ve known that you would break my heart,” he sings at one point, prompting a presumably unintended question: Has pop ever produced a less sympathetic victim?”

He adds, “A handful of lovingly arranged power ballads were evidently designed to illuminate the singer’s remorse over the Rihanna incident. Yet Brown doesn’t seem up to the task of contrition; in “Lucky Me,” for instance, he’s really sorry only about how hard it is to “pick [himself] up and perform for the crowd” after the year he’s had.

Does Chris Brown ever wonder why he’s constantly apologizing for his words and deeds?  Here’s a scripted one from 2009:

Last December, about the same time Chris Brown was finishing his year-long domestic violence class, he had to apologize for an angry homophobic twitter tirade against another recording artist, Raz-B.

At the time, many thought the public apology was weak and disingenuous.    “Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from an attention seeking Raz-B,” Brown said.  “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter.”

Entertainment Weekly, for one, called Brown’s apology  “a pretty piece of pseudo-apologetic doublespeak,” saying  “Brown blames the target of his hateful outburst in the same breath as he expresses regret for “what transpired,” an evasive phrasing meant to spread the responsibility around instead of owning it himself. Sure, Raz-B was probably seeking attention… but no one forced Brown to respond with those nasty gay-baiting epithets or to mock Raz-B’s past allegations of sexual abuse. He went there all by himself.

Brown’s statement continued: “I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone,” he writes. “Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart. I love all of my fans, gay and straight. I have friends from all walks of life and I am committed, with God’s help, to continue becoming a better person.”

I suspect Chris Brown needs a lot more help than God’s.  To start, he needs members of the media to stop acting as enablers.

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