I would have thought that, even after two years have passed since he beat the crap out of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, people would question “SNL”‘s decision. I would think there’d be more of a public uproar. I would have thought people would make a stink. But all I’ve found online was one piece on Clutch Magazine, an online mag for young black women, and a tiny blog post on The New York Observer‘s web site. Nothing from Feministing. Nothing from Jezebel (though they ragged on him for performing at a boxing match last spring). The Young, Black And Fabulous blog even said they were happy Chris Brown was performing on “SNL.”
Even a few friends I asked didn’t care. “Dude has a right to go on with his career,” one friend said. “A lot of performers have done f**ed up stuff in their personal lives. If they’re good, they’re good,” another said.
Really, I’m surprised.I’m not trying to act like I’m all holier than thou, or I’m a better feminist than you are because I’m more upset about this. Honestly, I’m just surprised that people don’t seem to care anymore. We’ve all moved on to other scandals, I suppose. But I guess I never saw Chris Brown’s domestic violence assault of Rihanna as just a “scandal,” like Lindsay’s necklace snatching and Charlie Sheen’s prostitutes. What Chris Brown did was really bad.
From his overly-scripted apology to tweeting about fat “hoes” to his recent homo-hating Twitter tirade, Chris Brown has always struck me as the type of person who thinks he is untouchable. And, well, arrogance can make even the most talented, intelligent, funniest, and attractive man look ugly. Something about a person who seems to think they’re special, that the rules don’t apply to them, puts a sour taste in my mouth. Even though Chris Brown’s brutal assault on Rihanna was two years ago — which is like a decade in Hollywood time — I don’t get the sense from his public behavior that he has matured so much as he’s sorry he got caught.
Granted, “Saturday Night Live” isn’t even Chris Brown’s first really public appearance since the assault: last year, he performed at the BET awards in a Michael Jackson tribute (and made headlines for bawling his eyes out, though that’s another story). Somehow “Saturday Night Live” seems more, I don’t know, progressive-minded to me. “Saturday Night Live” obviously doesn’t care about the inner workings of its hosts/musical guests — nor should they. The talent is there to perform.
But I question why we — the public — are embracing Chris Brown, why we aren’t more upset. Am I just in the minority here? Or are other people still pissed at Chris Brown, too?