Well isn’t this a charming story to wake up to on Monday morning. Chris Brown allegedly got into a fight with Frank Ocean this past weekend that resulted in him attacking Frank Ocean in a Westlake Studio. Why? Because he’s Chris Brown and he’s learned to respond to hostile situations in his life with his fists. Because throughout this entire career, other people look the other way and make excuses for his behavior. And because these same people continue to put his talent in front of his problems.
Everyone who already hates Chris Brown will use this story to justify why they hate him. Like me, they’ll wax poetic about how this story shows a clear underlying problem — Chris Brown cannot control his anger in an appropriate way. However Team Breezy will look at it through another lens. They’ll claim Frank Ocean started it and that his people provoked Chris Brown. You know, just like Rihanna provoked him in the car four years ago. And that since neither party wants to press charges, it’s none of our business. Let God judge him.
But you know what, it is our business. It is our business when we continue to reward a young man for violent behavior by making senseless excuses. It is our business when millions of young people worship a man who worships violence. It is our business when we contribute to the music industry with our money — and that music industry turns around and nominates Chris Brown for Grammys.
Maybe Frank Ocean did provoke Chris Brown, maybe he didn’t give him a warm welcome and a kind word. But maybe that’s because a man who beats a woman’s face into a bloody pulp and then has the audacity to forgive us for hating him doesn’t deserve a warm welcome. Maybe someone’s actually standing up to him for once and actually holding him accountable for his behavior. Maybe this proves that Chris Brown needs more help than his fans want to admit. That it’s possible he didn’t resolve his anger management issues by doing what the court mandated four years ago.
If he’s still unable to walk away from a hostile situation without resorting to violence four years after he beat up his girlfriend in a car, then maybe it’s time people admit he has a serious problem. Because tell you what, this isn’t normal behavior. And it’s not the kind of behavior that would be acceptable in any other career.