Despite the fact the Internet expressed disgust over Chris Brown‘s Grammy comeback and subsequent music collaborations with Rihanna, his career appears unharmed by all the criticism. His career, the one that should have crashed and burned after he beat up Rihanna, seems to be blossoming and his latest collaboration with Nicki Minaj only goes to show that he will likely continue to be successful.
While teaming up with Nicki Minaj for her song, “Right By My Side” will likely bode well for him, it will not bode well for Nicki Minaj. The talented performer just crossed some serious lines by inviting him to work with her on this and she’ll likely lose fan support for her decision.
She’ll definitely lose my support, which is a shame because I really like her music as well as her outrageous outfits. I just don’t understand as a female performer, how she can condone his behavior (and yes, working with him condones his behavior). There are so many talented male rappers to work with and it just doesn’t make sense why she would choose him at all. Especially since she’s already collaborating with so many other great names like Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, on the same album.
Wouldn’t those headlines be enough for her? “Nicki Minaj teams up with Drake” might not garner the same attention, but I bet it wouldn’t be nearly as negative as the headlines she’ll get for this choice. Sure she’ll gain the support of the semi-literate #TeamBreezy, but she’ll lose the respect of women everywhere.
Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe everyone really is over that time Chris Brown savagely beat up Rihanna, refused to accept responsibility and threw a chair through a window. Maybe the world’s ready to forget that happened and simply remember Chris Brown as a talented performer with a “controversial” past. He can go on and collaborate with all of our favorite pop stars until no one can recall why exactly we were so mad at him.
But tell you what, his past isn’t controversial. It’s actually pretty black and white, thanks to photos and police reports. We shouldn’t forget what happened. Not because we’re clinging to his past and refusing to let him move on, but because we owe it to all the abused women and girls out there. We owe it to them to let them know that hitting someone one time is one time too many.
That goes for Nicki Minaj too. It may only be one collaboration, but in my mind, that’s still one too many.