Lord, Christopher Maurice Brown, aka C-Breezy, aka Chris Brown on Sunday night’s annual BET Awards had somewhat of a meltdown.
Well, he had a full meltdown actually.
He gave one of the best dance performances of the night and clearly killed his tribute to Michael Jackson with his dance moves. Perhaps his moonwalk wasn’t the smoothest, but damn, the performance was on point. And then he came back out to sing and he didn’t get one decent note out. All of us were just sitting waiting for him to belt out one good note and he’d be good from there and he never quite found his footing, ergo a complete meltdown.
So, now the listening public was left trying to figure out if this was sincere or some grand PR stunt. It’s a fair question. We’ve experienced plenty of PR stunts in the past from celebrities to make us more than leery at the end of the day. However, Chris Brown has left an interesting taste in our mouth, and a funky after taste over the last year or so since the Grammy’s last spring. We’ve endured, and I do mean endured the following:
First his orange shirt apology joint that got parodied endlessly.
His CNN Larry King interview where he looked like Baby Smurf
And when his album sales didn’t move like he wanted, he went off on Twitter and then he deleted his account only to get it back up again. Not to mention he got banned from doing concerts in the United Kingdom, which to a 20/21 year old artist has to be demoralizing (particularly since the UK hasn’t banned plenty of other artists with egregious offenses of the law).
His performance prior to the breakdown was the Chris Brown that everyone had fallen in love with (as a performer and dancer, let’s be clear) and Chris Brown’s talent speaks for itself as it should. That’s my advice for him: let his talent do the talking.
On the other hand, none of us have ever walked a mile in his shoes. Its interesting how sanctimonious and self-righteous we can get when we start the celebrity bashing. Yes, some of them are pure damn fools you just can’t help but go, for real? what were you thinking even when you weren’t snorting blow. But in this case, I mean not at all excusing his behavior, but the fall out, could any of us imagine dealing with our hurts and pains in the public spotlight at the age of 20? I remember five years ago and frankly, I think CB handled it better than I would have.
That being said, I hope he has turned over a new leaf. I’ve long been a Chris Brown supporter with regards to give him a fair chance to be rehabilitated and reconcile himself to the public, so I hope this is a sign he’s turned over a new leaf and can be given a second chance. However, if he messes up again, fie upon thee!
Do you think Chris Brown’s performance was good? Was his following break down a fake or was it a sincerity of being caught up in the moment?