Today, I watched this video, in which a TV reporter airs a mock apology to Chris Brown for engaging him in discussion about the infamous Rihanna incident. The video itself is a year old, but it’s relevant because today was also when Chris Brown deactivated his Twitter account.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am in no way defending domestic violence. But I’m wondering about the self-righteousness here, especially when it comes after the existing justice system has played their role. This is touchy ground and I’m not sure writing about it makes sense, but here goes:
As a society, we have deemed some things acceptable and some things unacceptable. That is the basis of law and order, the core of the justice that runs our society, the rules of life. Chris Brown was found guilty of breaking one of these rules and he was punished for it. The idea of punishment is two-fold: retribution and rehabilitation. In Chris Brown’s case, he had to provide community service, is under probation and had to take counselling. Now, if we, as a society, feel that the punishment was insufficient or did not fit the crime (as argued by some at the time of his sentencing), that is one discussion.
But what’s happening now is completely different from that. Instead, members of our society appears to be taking it upon themselves to try to extract their pound of flesh from the situation. So the situation is brought up constantly in an attempt to antagonize Brown and prompt a response, which then furthers the discussion that Brown is an unstable young man as he’s being hounded by all sides.
In the same breath, members of our society appear to be completely ignoring the history of Brown, simply because he makes music. So at the same time that people are attempting to continue to cut him down at every step, his fans are always at the ready to defend him to equally illogical degrees.
There’s a chasm here, which will never be bridged. Each side set in their ways and neither willing to budge. He’s either a saint or a demon and there’s no grey area. I don’t think I agree with that.