R&B

How Can Team Breezy Continue To Stay Loyal To Chris Brown?

They need to face an inconvenient truth: He will continue to screw up.

By Michael Arceneaux

There are certain truths that #TeamBreezy members and other Chris Brown well-wishers must accept.

Truth One: He’s cute, but he’ll likely have to keep dancing like the Incredible Hulk on a sugar rush for years to come if he wants to avoid looking like Sinbad when he hits his 40s.

Truth Two: It’s highly unlikely that he will stop trying to rap anytime soon.

Then there’s the most important inconvenient truth: He will continue to screw up.

I thought this was understood by the world at large, but apparently not. Chris’ most recent expression of idiocy came in the form of threatening Tyson Beckford after he was spotted with Karrueche Tran. You remember Karrueche, right? She’s the ex-girlfriend Chris cheated on, publicly humiliated, and then got back with—only to publicly humiliate again by having her discover through TMZ that he had a child with another woman. Anyhow, this latest incident includes one of Chris’ associates (and alleged Blood member) threatening Tyson, and Chris co-signing with his own thoughts — a pledge to sleep with the mother of Tyson’s child and whoop his child. Charming.

Chris Brown is like a volcano always looking for reason to erupt. Just ask Tamar Braxton. Or Adrienne Bailon. Actually, there’s a long list of people who can attest to this. You get the point.

Still, I stumbled across a blog post from Necole Bitchie entitled, “Fans Are Having A Hard Time Rooting For Chris Brown After He Threatened Tyson Beckford In Vegas.” After reading the piece and scrolling through social media, I realized there are many people struggling to root for Christopher Maurice Brown. Bless y’all hearts. I invite you to come with me to the island of reason. It’s a magical place where we don’t waste hope.

Let me walk y’all through how this goes.

Chris Brown unleashes and shows himself to be continuously angry and prone to violence. Then he blames us for having eyes. True to form, in the wake of the Tyson mess, Chris tweeted: “No drama! People are really starting to make this shit an issue. I can be a real one and say that I was wrong for even pressing an issue.”

He will then make up some silly excuse like, “I’m light skin! I’m always in my feelings!”

It takes one Chris Brown to hold a nation of light skinned Black men back. Sure this is somewhat in jest, but it perpetuates the notion that light skinned Black men are ultra sensitive. I am actually only light skinned adjacent, but I want to defend the honor of light brights everywhere. Don’t be putting your bullshit on complexion, Christopher.

Then he’ll add an apology: “I want to truly apologize to @aprilroomet & her son Jordan I was caught up in the moment & wasn’t thinking right!”

He may apologize again to the public, most recently via his somewhat weird open letter posted via Instagram.

“I’m Konfuzed, I always thought I knew the concept of love,” it begins. “Fame and Money can get in the way of that. Most of my issues always deal with love and me being in my feelings. Not to mention me being a dog sometimes. I can’t speak for everyone but I can say that my actions contributed a lot to my karma. Being jealous and angry and controlling. There has been times where I looked in the mirror and hated the person I see. I talk to God a lot now.”

This is the part where he tries to reel you back in, but don’t fall for it. It’s good that he apologized, but very telling that these verbal and physical outbursts continue to occur. Six years after committing an extremely violent assault, Chris Brown still doesn’t know how to deal with his anger.

He needs to go to therapy, and he needs to hand over his social media accounts to a publicist who really enjoys a challenge. As for those who are weary of “rooting” for Chris Brown, I have a solution: quit it. For the foreseeable future, Chris Brown is R&B’s trifling relative who always needs bail.

You can’t want better for him until he shows he wants better for himself. Save your energy. Namaste and all that.