So Chris Brown is back in the news again making headlines for taking his Grammy criticisms response(s) to Twitter in a rather not-so-elegant prose.
While both tweets have since been deleted, everybody knows that in the tweet-er sphere there's no such thing as "deleting" because there's no real Twitter graveyard. Whatever gets tweeted, not only goes viral immediately but also instantly gets published everywhere -- especially if your name happens to belong to American Royalty class known as Hollywood Celebrities. Let's not forgot we live in a high-tech world where information gets disseminated and plastered all over cyberspace faster than the blink of an eye.
But back to Chris Brown and his Twitter outburst. So Brown blew a fuse because country singer Miranda Lambert along with other stars sent out tweets expressing their repugnance at the producers of the Grammy Awards for allowing the R&B singer to perform onstage not just once but twice.
Lambert's tweet read: "Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl. Not cool that we act like that didn't happen."
Of course we all remember the big scandal that shocked the nation exactly three years ago post-Grammy Awards, when Brown beat up his then-girlfriend Rihanna and was arrested on assault charges to receive five years of probation and a restraining order to stay at least 50 yards away from the (now) ex.
What I want to know is why people are making such a fuss about Brown's arrogantly defiant Twitter reply and use of foul language? If anything the singer is remaining consistent with the personality traits he's continuously been displaying before the public eye since the infamous Rihanna incident (exploding into a rage following his "Good Morning America" interview and his "alleged" homophobic rant in a Las Vegas club breaking a bottle). And Chris Brown's post-Grammy tweets are shocking and offensive to us because?
It's amazing to see how opinions have been categorically divided on this issue since the media made it a hot topic. Some, endorsing the "everybody deserves a second chance" mode of conduct, say give the man a break and leave him alone, while others fancy more the "once a woman-beater, always a woman-beater" philosophy.
I can certainly understand both sides but coming from a PR perspective I would argue that either way Chris Brown comes out a winner because we're clearly wasting our air time and print space talking and writing about him. I believe it was Madonna who once said "bad publicity is better than no publicity" -- my point exactly! And the bottom line, in my opinion, is that the real problem is not Chris Brown but Rihanna. Until she fully embraces more of the role model position many people certainly expected her to take, and stops making "nice" comments about him, applauding his accomplishments and (allegedly) frequenting/dating him again, Chris Brown will continue to rally supporters and score live performances at The Grammys.
If you ask me the real question is not why Chris Brown was allowed to sing live twice at The Grammys, but rather why was he allowed to sing at all... period!
For an award show celebrating the BEST in music, shouldn't the BEST get to go onstage? Surely we don't give out Oscars to people who can't act, do we?
Chris Brown is no singer (unless auto-tune is the new definition of the word), and certainly not an amazing performer, much less a good entertainer. I'm sorry but seeing some guy on stage jumping up and down humongous cubes while emulating trademark moves from Michael Jackson and semi-singing to a track is not what I call talent. That's what I call a pretty damned good cardio workout!
Having said that, while Brown certainly didn't re-invent the wheel, he was not the only so-called recording artist who should have been banned from stepping foot on the stage. I won't go into the Nicki Minaj beyond absurd and cacophonous performance, but seriously has the music industry completely lost its mind?
With the exception of a few genuinely exceptional artists in the likes of Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt, and Kelly Clarkson, The Grammy Awards this year was nothing more but a televised public display of plain and simple mediocrity.
Personally I am one to believe that "real" talents, sadly, are now endangered species on the brink of extinction. Instead we get a bunch of clowns performing who knows what on stage, singing obnoxious one-liners, and collecting exorbitant amounts of money for it because people (including I) are stupid enough to tune in and watch.
Where have all the "true" artists gone? Certainly, "in a hopeless place"!
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