I wanted to give Chris Brown some credit for appearing on the pre-taped Larry King show last night. Beside him was his mother Joyce Hawkins and lawyer Mark Geragos.
Larry King, twice during the broadcast said "you don't look like a violent person." Then again neither do the majority of violent offenders in this country. Obviously they don't have the opportunity to be given an hour long broadcast on national television unless of course you are Drew Peterson.
Chris Brown talked about those "bloggers" and others whom are writing about what happend the night he beat Rihanna bloody with his fists. And Mark Geragos continued to minimize his clients responsibility in a poor attempt placing a protective coat of fresh blue paint like a halo around Brown. I give Geragos credit for the effort, but it was not good enough. And having Brown's mother on the broadcast was a nice touch, that in my opinion backfired.
When Rihanna was beaten no one else was in that car but, Chris Brown. So why was he able to have his mother and lawyer on the show to help him defend himself? If he was truly sorry he would have been interviewed with Larry King one-on-one. Or better yet, Denise Brown should have been in the studio during the interview instead of the after show broadcast for 7 minutes on Anderson Cooper's show.
At the end of King's interview he stated that "Rihanna declined to be on the show and she had an open invitation to appear." The photo's of her beating need no explaination as "actions spoke louder than any words Chris Brown could provide in any sound bite.
Chris Brown also used his age as an excuse for a relationship gone wrong. "No one taught us, there is no relationship manual." Ah but there is, I believe it is referred to as knowing right from wrong. He watched his mother beaten on more then one ocassion, likely at an early age as he stood helpless unable to do anything. And most boys who witness their mothers beaten are likely to be abusers themselves just like Chris Brown.
No one can take away the incredible talent of Chris Brown as a performer and actor. And this is not about selling records or being able to sell tickets at concerts. It is about a serious criminal act of violence. I did not hear one sentence acknowledging this as a crime. With attitude it was more about hey I got caught, I turned myself in, I can influence the community, and this is a private matter. Chris Brown's words sounded as if he had an accident in his boxer's and need to change into a clean pair.
A woman was savagely beaten one evening by her boyfriend. A crime that takes places 365 days a year, 7 days a week. This story only broke because it was between two celebrities. Instead of Chris Brown being angry he should be sending a message to high school and college age men that he committed a serious crime and beating any woman is against the law.
I did not hear that, did you?