Dear Chris Brown Freedom Riders:
I hate the phrase “you people,” but what in the hell is wrong with you people? A “Free Chris Brown!” rally? Really? I also hate it when people say “Why do this when….?” as it’s obnoxious and negates the fact that A doesn’t always equal X or however the “alegeba” goes. Point is you can walk and chew gum at the same time, but I wish each and every one of you would go sit your happy selves down somewhere and stop being silly. In this instance, there are indeed more pressing matters to worry about.
I don’t like being a hypocrite, but I hate enablers more than any of the aforementioned.
Here’s how my friend reacted to news that you Chris Brown Freedom Riders were out in Washington, D.C. protesting Chris Brown’s arrest as if he were Nelson Mandela: “Let me make sure I’m not missing anything. He [allegedly] beat up someone, which is fairly illegal. Got arrested. Now they’re protesting to have him freed?”
After I confirmed the story, she offered musings that cannot be republished here. Yet, just know that I agree with her and every four letter used. I should have known that by writing something mildly defensive of Breezy Fist’s detractors that he was going to do something that would cause me to feign regret, but I’m more frustrated with the people who continue to fault everyone else for igniting the rage of Yellow Incredible Hulk.
I imagine many of you are currently going “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” following news that Chris’ felony charged has been downgraded to a misdemeanor assault charge given “the victim’s injuries weren’t that severe and witness statements conflicted.” He won’t do any time for the assault, but he may do time for violating the terms of his probation for a past offense.
Even if he gets away with that, too, as Wendy Williams explained on her daytime talk show the other day: “If he doesn’t go to prison this time, it’ll be another time because Chris Brown is out of control and everyone allows him to be. So as beautiful as his music is…he’s out of his mind.”
Wendy may sound harsh, but at least she doesn’t sound like she did hash before assessing the situation. Unlike rapper B.O.B., who tweeted, “I swear If most of y’all were alive in the biblical days, y’all woulda been in the same crowd of people screaming ‘Crucify Him!’” To quote many a saved woman, “NOT MY JESUS.” It’s been a while since I hit up a Bible study, but from what I remember back in my “Boy, you going to church!” days is that Jesus hands on people for a different reason, and even when he broke out the belt, it was ‘cause they were rolling dice in the temple or something. I might be skewing the specifics, but the comparison gets a “hell nawl” all the same.
I may take issue with people who read Chris Brown’s story about losing his virginity at the age of eight to a much older girl as if he spit in their eyes while being violated as a child, but I, too, have a problem who act like on the Eighth Day, God created this light skinned Bobby Brown.
You enabling, ego stroking, coddling, kiss-ass fans and faux friends alike are apart of the problem.
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