After a few very short years of exile from the music community for beating up Rihanna, Chris Brown returned this year with a vengeance. It’s hard to believe now that his performance at the 2012 Grammys even got questioned.
In the 9 months since his controversial performances during that show, he’s gotten welcomed back by the industry, by fans and by Rihanna. The American Music Awards promoted his performance throughout the week leading up to the show as if he’s just another musical artist we can look forward to seeing perform live. I’m sorry, not just another musical artist. One that they want to highlight as being a special performer.
His exile seemed to get spun by Team Breezy into a cruel and unusual punishment for a mistake he made as a young kid. They justify all his anger toward his haters as being a rational response to being treated so unfairly by the media. He can now do no wrong.
We went from feeling hesitant about his return earlier this year to completely embracing it now. After each performance and each song, I feel like everyone’s getting more and more comfortable openly being his fan. Everyone’s quick to say they don’t like him, but they do, kinda, sorta, maybe really like his music.
I hate him and I hate his career resurgence. I find him completely unwilling to accept the consequences of beating up his girlfriend or taking the necessary steps to show he’s learned from his “mistake.” Despite being given endless opportunities to redeem himself, to become a role model, to simply tell his impressionable fans that hitting a woman’s wrong, he’s never seemed interested in standing up for what’s right. Not when standing up for himself seemed so much more important.
But the more time passes, the more I feel like people don’t feel this way anymore. I feel like they went to listen to his music guilt-free and they want to put his past in the past. As much as I don’t want to accept his comeback, his controversy-free performance at the 2012 American Music Awards solidified the fact that he’s here to stay.
It sucks and I don’t know what to do about it.
(Photo: Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com)