"RIP Chris Brown" is currently trending worldwide on Twitter, but make no mistake: the 22-year-old R&B singer is still very much alive.
Brown may have effectively shot himself in the foot when he decided to lash out at those who weren't pleased that he won a Grammy Award and was invited to perform at the show. That virtual bullet wound seems to have killed him -- at least on Twitter.
Responding to tweets from celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Jack Osbourne and actor Wil Wheaton, Brown threw a tantrum on Twitter and then deleted the evidence.
"Strange how we pick and choose who to hate. Let me ask u this," he began. "Our society is full of rappers (which I listen to) who have sold drugs (poisoning), .... But yet we glorify them and imitate everything they do. Then right before the worlds eyes a man shows how he can make a Big mistake and learn from it, but still has to deal with day to day hatred! You guys love to hate!!! But guess what???" HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY. Now! That's the ultimate FUCK OFF."
Brown or his handlers quickly deleted the tweets, which have turned into a public relations nightmare. Currently, there are only 10 tweets left on his entire account and this morning he wrote, "Be HAPPY."
Even though the Recording Academy decided to honor Brown with Best R&B Album, Twitter users have made it loud and clear they don't want to forgive him for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
"RIP Chris Brown is absolutely hilarious to me!!! I died for 10 minutes. Maybe he should stop hitting girls and Twitter wouldn't kill him lol," wrote one user. While another asked: "Does the 'RIP' in the trending 'RIP Chris Brown' stand for 'recklessly injure people'?"
The public's outrage isn't just because he left Rihanna black and blue and bleeding -- that shock has somehow faded with time. It's the fact that Brown hasn't seemed to learn his lesson.
Brown pled guilty to the assault charges and served no jail time. Instead he was sentenced to five years' probation, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 1,400 hours of labor-based community service -- but it's his assault on the public, with his outbursts and brazen disrespect, that exudes the impression that he hasn't changed.
Brown may acknowledge that he made a "big mistake," but he hasn't learned from it. His violent temperament was more than evident in March 2011, when an interview with "Good Morning America" took a disturbing turn. When asked about the assault, Brown became irate and went into a rage off-stage, shattering a window with a chair and storming out of ABC's studio shirtless.
Brown continues to prove he's an immature and impulsive person -- perhaps dangerously impulsive, at times. Many will argue it's sad that Brown's career didn't die when he beat up Rihanna, but he might have killed it himself by shoving it in the public's face.
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