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Chris Brown and Jay Z

Chris Brown has been ostracized for the brutal beating he delivered to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna some years ago. His career suffered a bit and his reputation has been hammered to within an inch of its life.
Well, technically, his reputation is completely destroyed but that seems to be the way he likes it. He has constantly complained about people holding his violent nature against him. It took him forever to admit what he did was wrong and when he did, it was such a lame excuse nobody even listened. He claims to hate the fact that the domestic violent incident follows him wherever he goes, but he himself keeps it alive by always whining about it still being talked about. When you beat a woman that bad, it tends to stick in people’s minds.
In yet another interview, this time with Jet magazine, Chris laments his sullied reputation, again. But, in a classic case of deflection, he brings up media mogul Jay-Z’s past history of violence. For those who don’t know, Rihanna and Jay are pretty tight. He is like a big brother to her with Beyonce like a big sister. When that whole incident happened, there were plenty of rumors about a major falling out between Jay and Chris. Why wouldn’t there be? What kind of man would Jay-Z be if he didn’t step up in defense of his good friend? Clearly, Jay-Z is the man with more clout in the business. Chris should be happy he is still allowed to show his face in New York City. He once said he has a “cordial” relationship with the “Holy Grail” rapper.
Cordial as in you stay on your neck of the woods and I will stay in mine. Jay has managed to keep his feelings on the situation private and out of the media. As he should. He isn’t one to court more media attention than he already has. Bey and Jay are very private and protect their privacy a great deal. There is no way either one of them would jump into the Rihanna/Chris Brown fray with the world watching. That stuff is done behind closed doors.

In the interview, Chris, who sounds like a 5-year-old says, “No disrespect, because I'm a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs.” Can you just hear the whining, “How come he gets a yellow lollipop and I have to have a red one?” Boohoo buddy. There is a pretty good reason why nobody brings up Jay’s past. For one, he didn’t beat the tar out of a young woman while she was sitting in the front seat of a car with no escape. And two, because he clearly has a better spin team at his disposal and the fact the situation was completely and utterly different from the one that involved a woman getting her faced used as a punching bag. But thanks for bringing all of that up. If Jay-Z didn’t think you were total trash before, he probably does now.

Chris goes on to whine, “He gets a pass.” To be fair, Chris is rather young in the grand scheme of things. His immaturity is what leads to him to pull the look at him, not me card. He goes on to say, “I don't try to lash out at people or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be.” Good for him. He is growing up, hopefully. He insists that he has endured more than his fair share of “lashings” from the man upstairs. How many of those lashings were self-inflicted as a result of really bad decisions?

Part of growing up means taking responsibility for one’s own actions. He did the crime, he is still doing the time and forgiveness will come some day. He will probably have to save a busload of kids from some tragic fate before the public starts to see him in a different light. In the meantime, he continues to cultivate this image as a misunderstood bad boy. It isn’t helping the world to forget. This is where he could take a page out of Jay-Z’s book.

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