Another week, another battle of words between Chris Brown and media. The words beef, war and apology have been consistent throughout the summer when it comes to the award-winning R&B singer/songwriter. In addition to his recent exchange with FOX News contributor Andy Levy, following much-talked-about commentary from Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Laura Ingraham (FOX), Brown was yet again on the offensive Monday, this time stating “I laugh now at bulls**t because positivity rules all! You be angry! Not me!” But, is Chris Brown to blame for each attack ?
It is no secret that social media has become an outlet for celebrities, due to the instantaneous ability to get news out — especially their thoughts when it comes to music, controversy or unfortunate situations. In Brown’s case, social media, in particular, his Twitter page (@chrisbrown), is like a diary. Afterall, Brown’s Twitter page has to be one of the most watched pages on the social media site dating back to 2009, when he accused Walmart employees of “blackballing” his album “Graffiti” followed by controversy over homophobic comments directed at B2K singer Raz B, an exchange with fellow artist Tyler The Creator, and a much-talked about response to his alleged use of a gay slur, and more. Therefore, it is easy to see Brown has a pattern of responding to nearly everyone who attacks him via Twitter.
While Chris Brown is a talented artist, a fact that cannot be denied following the incident that some said would destroy his career, garnering not only Grammy Award nominations within a year and numerous accolades including 2011 BET Awards and MTV Video Music Award nominations, his penchant for responding to “People who focus and dwell on the past issues,” as he wrote in response to Levy bringing up the past last week, seems to be what makes him a target. Why else would a journalist, who has a wealth of news at their disposal, including other entertainment news, resort to “worrying,” as Brown put it also this week, about him ?
In the last nine months alone, Brown has been attacked and has responded at least eight times to unfavorable comments on television (sans Good Morning America, AC 360, Grammy Awards), the internet (Bossip, TMZ), and from mouths of fellow recording artists. What’s more, each time the subject seems to be related to his ‘incident’. So why does media continue to use Brown as a punchline ? In theory, because he continues to respond, drawing in his over 4 million followers and countless others, thereby creating a hit story that is then discussed, as it was over the last week, for days.
Will Chris Brown will take note and refrain from responding ? If his recent words, written late Monday, are any indication, he seems to be moving forward.
“I laugh now at bulls**t because positivity rules all! You be angry! Not me!,” said Brown. “Anger doesn’t channel my energy, people who hate me does!!”
Thoughts ? Is Chris Brown to blame for responding and fueling controversy ? Is responding to the “past” hurting his image/career ?