You can call it a poor choice of words or real talk, but while many assumed the Grammy’s had banned Chris Brown for three years solely as a stance against violence toward women, producer Ken Ehrlich says it was really about the fact that Chris’ actions forced his team to fill air time when he and Rihanna pulled out of their performances that night.
Speaking to US Weekly, Ehrlich defended the decision to allow Chris to perform this year, saying:
“It may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.”
Really? I could’ve sworn Rihanna was. I’m sure filling the void from the missing performances was no easy task, but victim? That’s a little extreme. Ehrlich also said the awards show is happy to have Chris back and that people deserve a second chance.
“What he’s done and what he’s done to reclaim his career and seemingly the kind of person that he has become makes him — I don’t even want to use the word eligible — but you know, it’s time.”
Meanwhile, Breezy is taking a lot of heat for his cocky “look at me now” reaction to Sunday night’s wins. He took to Twitter, the land where foolishness never dies no matter how much you delete from your timeline, and wrote:
“HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F*** OFF”
Very few missed the opportunity to try to put Chris back in his place after that comment, but if we’ve observed nothing from him since the altercation it’s that humility is simply not one of his character traits.
I don’t think Chris should still be hung over actions three years prior, however it’s his seeming inability to understand that the reactions he gets aren’t hate but that people have legitimate reasons for giving him the side eye that do him in. Sure, he doesn’t really owe anything to the public for his private action but when you parade around like the world owes you an apology for questioning suspect behavior, you’ve got it backward.
But then again, that behavior still garnered a Grammy so I guess he told us twice.
What do you think about the Grammy’s being the victim in this situation? Is Chris Brown justified in his response to his win or should he tone it down?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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