No charges will be filed against R&B singer Chris Brown who released the official video for Beautiful People off his newly released F.A.M.E. album.
Brown’s public image took a hit yesterday when the 21-year-old singer visited the set of Good Morning America during his first major press junket promoting his fourth studio album. The singer smashed a window before leaving the Time Square studios.
Scheduled for two performances, Brown sang Yeah 3x followed by an interview with Robin Roberts in the studio. Robin prefaced the interview highlighting Brown’s three number one hit songs, noting F.A.M.E.’s top spot on iTunes and reflecting on the last time they met two years ago – with Brown pleading guilty to felony assault charges, taking responsibility for hitting his for his then girlfriend Rihanna, and rebuilding his life and career in the last two years.
Brown spent time with Roberts before the interview aired, openly discussing the assault, as Robin told Chris, “You have been good about talking with me about this because we have been through it – we talked about it when I went to your home.”
Asking if the two had seen or been around each other since Rihanna had the restraining order relaxed, Chris responded, “ Not really, it’s not really a big deal to me now. I think I’m past that situation in my life. Today is [about] the album. That’s what I’m focused on today – everybody go get that album.”
The interview was less than three-minutes long and as Brown explained the meaning behind the F.A.M.E. acronym “Forgiving All My Enemies and definitely Fans Are My Everything” Roberts was able to steer the interview’s focus back to Brown’s life asking how he’s moved on.
“I’ve been focusing on this album,” Chris interrupted. “I think this album is what I want people to hear and what I want people to really get into. Definitely this ALBUM is what I want them to talk about and not the stuff that happened two years ago.”
He continued by saying music helps him to escape and allows him to reach his fans because when he’s on the road traveling he gets an earful from people reminding him of the assault.
“I just do this for my fans. I could care less what anybody else thinks.”
Brown returned to his dressing room during a commercial break where he was to prepare for his second performance. Instead, the singer, upset by the line of questioning, threw a chair at the window in his dressing room facing the street, which then shattered. No one was hurt. Brown removed his shirt and left the building where he then headed to a local basketball court to blowoff steam.
A comment appeared on Brown’s twitter account, later removed, but not before everyone caught a glimpse and reported it writing, “I’m so over people bringing this past shit up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there bullshit.”
The fascinating juxtaposition of Chris Brown wanting to move on in an industry with selective memory is not having a negative effect on F.A.M.E. sales, which, unlike the chair he threw, has taken a considerably different route.
Itunes reported F.A.M.E. as the top-selling album on its download charts for March 23, making good on the saying “all publicity is good publicity.”
Good publicity for Chris in album sales (certainly not image), good publicity for GMA who probably won their ratings time slot and are ready to welcome Chris back into the bosom of mother-marketing so of course charges won’t be filed, besides, no one wants this to play out as a “race thing.”
In this country we are not the quickest to give celebrities redemption passes unless they die or fork over brilliant product and even then it’s temporary.
So here’s Chris Brown – a 21-year-old black man who took a giant leap backwards with the entire world watching, breathing down his neck and reminding him ‘hey, remember when you f*cked up.” He was sentenced to five-years probation, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of community service (the last two fulfilled).
Our legal system doesn’t have a problem with Brown, but the court of public opinion has its hang-ups just like Brown. Answering questions about your past is Interviewing 101. When your past involves beating up a woman – who happens to be Rihanna – a top female celebrity, loved by millions of fans – answering questions is the smallest price to pay.
With yesterday’s outburst many feel penance is still due and have petitioned ABC, the network airing Dancing With The Stars, to cancel Brown’s upcoming appearance.
Brown has currently not accepted GMA’s invitation back to the show. He is still scheduled to perform on Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday, March 29.