Chris Brown Good Morning America Incident: Provoked Or Extreme Overreaction?

chris-brown-2By now you have all saw the interview and heard about the alleged incident that occurred after the interview.  I watched the interview and personally I think that Robin Roberts did push the Rihanna thing just a little bit more than she needed to. She would ask him a question about his music, then ask him about Rihanna, the his music and then Rihanna and it was clear that he didn’t want to talk about that.Now for what its worth, it is Roberts job to ask the tough questions because that is what all good journalist do. The issue I have hear is that the Rihanna thing was over two years ago and besides the first level setting question I don’t think she needed to ask him about it anymore. It’s old news and the only point of hitting him with a barrage of questions about it is to try and get him to say or do something that can become relevant news and unfortunately Chris Brown gave her that.

Let me be clear, I am NOT defending Chris Brown’s behavior after the interview, it was childish and immature. The only thing I am saying is that they didn’t need to push that line of questioning so hard, he was there to talk about his new album F.A.M.E (Forgive All My Enemies) and that should have been the focus. GMA says that all the questions they asked were pre-approved by Brown’s camp but I find that hard to believe because after all the trouble he has gone through to distance himself from that situation I don’t see why on his album release day he would want any part of that. For his part, Brown handled himself well while on camera though. The alleged incident backstage bothers me though.

Brown’s family history is no secret, he grew up in a household where he was exposed to domestic violence. To grow up in that environment would affect anyone and especially a young man. To see your mother be abused and pretty much be helpless to stop it messes with a man’s psyche(Chris Brown’s stepfather has denied these allegations). I am sure it changed his perception and it definitely shaped who and how he is today. The problem I have with a lot of people who are commenting on this issue is that they call him a “thug”, but what do they know? He is a young man with a history of family violence, he’s damaged to be sure, the only difference with him than a lot of us is that he just happens to be famous and talented. It’s these same people that justify inappropriate behavior by others like Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan as them being them.

In the end I think both parties had a hand in the outburst, GMA for pressing a line of questioning that he obviously didn’t want to discuss and Brown for not controlling himself better. Chris Brown was once thought to be the heir apparent to Michael Jackson or at the very least Usher but if he can’t learn to manage his anger issues he will never fulfill that potential. He has to learn that in this world you have to face your demons and move past them. Chris Brown has to come to grips with the fact that even if he isn’t technically an abuser, he has abusive tendencies probably related to the family stuff and he needs to deal with them. He needs to really address his anger issues because its obvious he hasn’t done that yet. He needs to understand that his past  and his family’s past does NOT have to be his future. Talent will only get you so far, you have to want to be better.  Personally, I am rooting for him to get things together because he has tons of potential but if he doesn’t really man up and say to himself that this kind of stuff can’t happen then he will deserve what he gets and it won’t be pleasant.

1 Comment

  1. Jacob says:

    I think you said it all brother, they could have laid off on him a bit but he has to learn to handle himself better. He can’t be what they expect him to be, he has to be better. Hope dude gets some help with the anger stuff man, we all have our demons.

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