Chris Brown Channels His Inner Eeyore for BET's Michael Jackson Tribute
During BET's tribute to Michael Jackson, disgraced woman beater/R&B singer Chris Brown did a little montage to the late singer.
Everything started out great, with Brown doing what he's best known for: (besides smacking around the ladies) dancing. Opening to Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" Chris did a fantastic job imitating Jackson's unique style, and carried it through "Annie Are You Okay" and "Billie Jean," but then it all goes horribly wrong.
When the dance montage moves on to Jackson's "Man In The Mirror," that's when Chris Brown lets it all out. Beginning with the opening line, Brown's voice cracks and croaks as he starts sobbing while attempting to sing. It was pretty damn sad - and totally full of crap. Well, not totally; I do believe Chris was in a state of mourning, but it wasn't for the death of Michael Jackson, but rather his career.
Ever since the story (and then disturbing pictures) surfaced about him and his then-girlfriend pop star Rhianna getting into a very physical confrontation, Chris Brown has been trying to rehab his image. To no avail. Heck, he was banned from Great Britain due to his rap sheet.
Brown, who before the beating spoke out publicly on the negative impact of domestic abuse, was considered a positive role model in an industry full of negative role models. But even Chris can't seem to dodge the stigma of being an abuser. Which in reality is actually a positive thing.
If you look at R&B and Rap, the biggest stars have all had some kind of legal trouble. Snoop Dogg beat a murder rap, became a pimp, has produced porn, openly smokes weed - and is HUGELY popular. Kanye West, despite being a PR nightmare, continues to sell millions, Lil' Wayne's currently in jail and will guaranteed be back on the top of the charts as soon as he is out. I could go on and on listing examples of fallen stars who've climbed their way out of PR disasters, but somehow Chris Brown can't seem to beat this rap (pun intended).
Maybe as a society we aren't as morally depraved as we seem.
Nah, we still suck. And so did Chris Brown's fake-ass crying.