Thursday, September 3, 2009

Chris Brown on Larry King

If you didn't catch it last night, CNN's Larry King sat down with Chris Brown, his mother, and his attorney to discuss the latest incident involving Brown and his celebrity (ex?) girlfriend Rihanna now that the court has issued its ruling in the matter. Here are the clips:

Is it just me, or did Chris effectively say, "my mama never taught me that it's wrong to hit a woman?"

Overall, Chris didn't appear to do much to help his image by doing the interview given that he refused to talk about the incident, what led up to the incident, what happened after the incident, whether he even remembered the incident, etc. (you're only 20 years old, son, the memory can't be fading yet). He refused to talk about it due to his respect for Rihanna's privacy, which is understandable, but he didn't communicate that very well. He looked as if he were trying to remember the PR talking points during that portion of the conversation; it didn't ring true.

At any rate, I'm going to go easy on Brown here because I'm sure he's caught it enough from all four corners of the Earth already, plus the court has issued its ruling so what's done is done. I am not, however, willing to give mom a pass and here's why: Many times throughout the interview, Chris made reference to the fact that he's "just a kid," in other words meaning that he is still growing up. Ok fine. But if you're still growing up, then somebody needs to be there to guide you during that growing period in your life...somebody who should have been providing guidance from day 1...somebody who should not have repeatedly placed you in an environment where domestic violence is the norm when you were growing up...

No matter how we try to spin it, the actions of the child always come back to who? That's right - The parents. So since everybody always wants to assign blame in these type of situations (was it his fault, was it her fault, etc.) I'm going to step outside the box for a moment, scoop up a nice helping of blame, and pass the peas like we used to do right on over to the mama.


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