Dear Chris Brown Freedom Riders:
I hate the phrase “you people,” but what in the hell is wrong with you people? A “Free Chris Brown!” rally? Really? I also hate it when people say “Why do this when….?” as it’s obnoxious and negates the fact that A doesn’t always equal X or however the “alegeba” goes. Point is you can walk and chew gum at the same time, but I wish each and every one of you would go sit your happy selves down somewhere and stop being silly. In this instance, there are indeed more pressing matters to worry about.
I don’t like being a hypocrite, but I hate enablers more than any of the aforementioned.
Here’s how my friend reacted to news that you Chris Brown Freedom Riders were out in Washington, D.C. protesting Chris Brown’s arrest as if he were Nelson Mandela: “Let me make sure I’m not missing anything. He [allegedly] beat up someone, which is fairly illegal. Got arrested. Now they’re protesting to have him freed?”
After I confirmed the story, she offered musings that cannot be republished here. Yet, just know that I agree with her and every four letter used. I should have known that by writing something mildly defensive of Breezy Fist’s detractors that he was going to do something that would cause me to feign regret, but I’m more frustrated with the people who continue to fault everyone else for igniting the rage of Yellow Incredible Hulk.
I imagine many of you are currently going “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” following news that Chris’ felony charged has been downgraded to a misdemeanor assault charge given “the victim’s injuries weren’t that severe and witness statements conflicted.” He won’t do any time for the assault, but he may do time for violating the terms of his probation for a past offense.
Even if he gets away with that, too, as Wendy Williams explained on her daytime talk show the other day: “If he doesn't go to prison this time, it'll be another time because Chris Brown is out of control and everyone allows him to be. So as beautiful as his music is…he's out of his mind.”
Wendy may sound harsh, but at least she doesn’t sound like she did hash before assessing the situation. Unlike rapper B.O.B., who tweeted, “I swear If most of y'all were alive in the biblical days, y'all woulda been in the same crowd of people screaming ‘Crucify Him!’” To quote many a saved woman, “NOT MY JESUS.” It’s been a while since I hit up a Bible study, but from what I remember back in my “Boy, you going to church!” days is that Jesus hands on people for a different reason, and even when he broke out the belt, it was ‘cause they were rolling dice in the temple or something. I might be skewing the specifics, but the comparison gets a “hell nawl” all the same.
I may take issue with people who read Chris Brown’s story about losing his virginity at the age of eight to a much older girl as if he spit in their eyes while being violated as a child, but I, too, have a problem who act like on the Eighth Day, God created this light skinned Bobby Brown.
You enabling, ego stroking, coddling, kiss-ass fans and faux friends alike are apart of the problem.
Have y’all not been paying attention? Sure enough there are some people who have gone out of their way to push Chris Brown’s buttons, but at one point does someone say, “Damn, homie. You haven’t learned to control your anger? How to remove yourself from bad situations.? How to act like you’re on probation?”
How many altercations has he been in since he beat the hell out of Rihanna?
Don’t you remember the time he acted a true fool at Good Morning America?
How many times has he voluntarily put his venom on full display for all to see and retweet?
For all this bull about the media needing to “leave Chris Brown alone,” when is someone going to kindly tell Chris Brown to stop being his own worst enemy? There comes a time when you have to stop and see that being too protective of a person can impede their progress.
He is not that young, he is a 24-year-old man.
He is not a victim, he is a man who has abused women (physically on at least one occassion and verbally, repeatedly), lashed out aggressively (to say the least) at people who do and say things that he doesn’t like, and he has consistently displayed behavior that suggests he has no idea to control his emotions.
I know that life, minus the Rihanna portion of the story, and I understand that it takes work to cool a hot head. He has all the resources in the world, but evidently, no one around him pleading with him to use them for the greater good.
Talented as he may be, he isn’t that talented to the point where he needs a rally calling for freedom from the prison that is his own bad judgment and its varying consequences.
If people could get over their wet dreams of Chris Brown, their personal and professional benefits from his stardom, and whatever blinding quality he has and tell him the truth – that his actions could lead to jail time and/or death – that would prove how much you truly care. Such is a cause really worth rallying behind.
Michael Arceneaux is the author of the “The Weekly Read,” where tough love is served with just a touch of shade. Tweet him at @youngsinick.