Chris Brown Apologizes.

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25 thoughts on “Chris Brown Apologizes.

  1. nichole July 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm Reply

    i cringed when his voice got a little louder when he mentioned rihanna’s name.

    • shani-o July 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm Reply

      That sounded like a threat, right? “I TOLD Rihanna countless times…”

      • nichole July 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm Reply

        it really did.
        i thought it might’ve been my own prejudices– my father used to abuse my mother until she divorced him around the time i was twelve–, but maybe it wasn’t.
        i listened to it again, and there is definite heat behind the phrasing, and it doesn’t seem like sincere regret.

  2. FilthyGrandeur July 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm Reply

    not to mention it wasn’t a very good apology…i dunno…still getting that creepy scary vibe…

  3. ladyfresshh July 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Opinions on the timing? It feels a bit too little too late.

    It was likely on the advice of counsel but still. Or am I over

  4. Steve July 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm Reply

    WTF is he wearing??

  5. blackink12 July 20, 2009 at 11:39 pm Reply

    I dunno. I was pretty pleased with the apology. And it’s tough to divine sincerity. I mean, I don’t know what more he could have done or said.

    What was missing?

    • FilthyGrandeur July 21, 2009 at 6:11 am Reply

      this is from a post i wrote yesterday:

      While I’m all about men seeking help and guidance to correct their behavior so that they do not lay hand upon a woman again (though it shouldn’t happen in the first place), I have mixed feelings about this apology.[…]He talks about how all of this has affected him; not once does he acknowledge that what he did to Rihanna was wrong, that she didn’t deserve such treatment from him. He instead says that his “mother and spiritual teachers” have taught him better than that without really acknowledging why these people might have taught him not to hit a woman. He’s interested in >maintaining regaining his status as a role model without delving into what that means. He’s just apologizing, but isn’t doing his audience any favor by not going into the whys. I don’t know; perhaps I’m expecting more from him. A 2-minute video just doesn’t seem like enough.

    • shani-o July 21, 2009 at 7:59 am Reply

      Co-signing with Filthy. He never explicitly stated what it was he was apologizing for, and why it was wrong. And I find that his delivery really rubbed me the wrong way. It was forceful and defensive in the wrong places.

      Also? He was wearing a blouse that coulda been in an episode of Dynasty.

      • blackink12 July 21, 2009 at 9:38 am Reply

        I’m wondering if there’s legal and/or civil reasons why he wasn’t delving into the details of the incident. No doubt his lawyers and publicists said “this is what you can say, this is what you can’t say.”

        Also, he probably hasn’t a clue as to how all of this has affected Rihanna. I wonder if his team also told him to limit explicit mentions of her and her name in his statement.

        But to be honest, I don’t think anyone is really prepared to forgive him. It’s also possible that what he did really isn’t forgivable. In this case, I think he’s sort of damned if does, damned if he doesn’t.

        • shani-o July 21, 2009 at 9:44 am Reply

          Well, if the case is over, then I don’t see what legal reasons would preclude him from saying “I’m sorry for hitting Rihanna.” But I could be wrong.

          He doesn’t have to know exactly how she’s been affected to express empathy for what she went through (as a person who grew up in a home with domestic violence).

          And finally, whom, exactly is he apologizing to? I don’t think he’s a bad person, but this apology just seemed self-serving. He would have been better off keeping his head down, getting therapy, and donating time/money to anti-domestic violence work. This just seemed like a really bad idea.

          • FilthyGrandeur July 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm Reply

            i too see this as not worth the effort, if one can call it effort. i guess he’s apologizing to his fans, but then it’s like, so what? why? it certainly is self-serving.

  6. kingsmomma July 21, 2009 at 8:58 am Reply

    on the timing of the apology:
    The case was just settled, He can’t very well offer an apology for a crime he was trying to plead not guilty to.

    He was a bit aggressive when mentioning Rihanna but I suppose that can be seen as his way of conveying how apologetic he tried to be with her.
    I think he is sincere in his apology. It may not be teh reasons yuo and I would want him to be but it was sincere nonetheless.

    I think he did a good job of accepting responsibility. Do you really want him to say I hit Rihanna b/c she hit me first? No one would accept that apology from him so to suggest that he ought to delve into why the attack took place is quite ridiculous.

    I’ll be waiting on Rihanna’s apology.

    • G.D. July 21, 2009 at 8:59 am Reply

      I’ll be waiting on Rihanna’s apology.

      for what, exactly?

      • FilthyGrandeur July 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm Reply

        second G.D.

        why should Rihanna apologize? and to whom???

      • kingsmomma July 23, 2009 at 8:05 am Reply

        to her fans for unladylike conduct. For naked pictures. Neither one of them handled this situation properly. Chris plead deal allowed her to escape punishment and responsibility for her actions.
        We are sending the message that it is ok to escalate an argument into a physical altercation if you are a woman and that is wrong. We are a civilized society and should be above fighting.
        ook what happened with the Charles Hamilton thing where he was punched in the mouth by his ex g/f. Everyone Laughed at him, had he punched her back it would not have been so funny.

        • G.D. July 23, 2009 at 8:57 am Reply


          • kingsmomma July 23, 2009 at 11:50 am Reply

            what does that mean?

            • G.D. July 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm Reply

              what do the naked pictures have to do with her being physically assaulted?

              We are sending the message that it is ok to escalate an argument into a physical altercation if you are a woman and that is wrong. We are a civilized society and should be above fighting.

              Why is she responsible for his dumbing out? Am I missing something?

              • kingsmomma July 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm Reply

                I guess I wasn’t clear. I am not saying she is responsible for his actions, she is responsible for her actions. All the coverage about the incident during that time and not one spoke about violence being unacceptable PERIOD as a male or female. Even when it was approached vis question, the question was shot down saying Chris Brown still should have known better. To that I agree, He should have knwon better, he should have handled it better. The fact remains that she also should have done better. In not addressing that aspect of the issue, it sends a message that women are more than free to batter men and that seems to me to be a double standard, and as the mother of a young male child I find that double standard to be reprehensible. My son will be brought up to respect women which includes never to hit one even if she is hitting him, however, it seems as though society takes the reverse scenario much lightly.

                The naked pictures have nothing to do with the assault.

  7. universeexpanding July 21, 2009 at 11:32 am Reply

    Watching this did make me feel a little skin-crawly and creepy. I don’t trust him. But then, that’s the problem isn’t it? A lot of the feedback I’m seeing on message boards and other sites is people saying that this apology is too little too late and likely self-serving in its intent. Those things may be true, but is there any apology that he could deliver right now that we would find satisfying? Probably not. If he had broken down and cried and said Rhianna’s name over and over (yes I know this is hyperbole but bear with me) we would likely say “Look, typical woman beater…always sorry afterwards.” He’s pretty much damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. *shrugs*. I’m not 100% happy with his apology but I suppose something is better than nothing.

  8. storm July 21, 2009 at 11:41 am Reply

    If Chris Brown truly means this apology, only HE KNOWS that. However, I do believe that the most important objective of this public apology had very little to do with his seeking forgiveness and everything to do with salvaging his career. This is called public relations.

  9. brokeymcpoverty July 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm Reply

    he neglected to apologize for that shirt. DENIED!

  10. Key from the City July 22, 2009 at 9:25 am Reply

    My problems with Chris’ apology:

    1-It was too scripted. He first prefaces his statement by saying his lawyers advised him not to make any comments on the case. What is so different now? Ohh, he has pleaded guilty (after pleading not guilty) and free to say his peace. Would he have done this if he hadn’t pleaded guilty or was found not guilty in court? Probably not.

    2-Though the world knows what he did to Rhianna, he has yet to say what he did; only that it was an unfortunate situation and that he had uncontrollable rage. A more sincere apology would have stated “I physically assaulted a woman and that is not acceptable” or something to that affect. Failing to state the transgression allows the transgressor to not accept full responsibility for their actions. Think of AA meetings-the person always says they are an alcoholic.

    3-No statement on what he is going to do beyond the sentence other than seek counsel from his mother and spiritual advisors. No offense, but these were the same people who were saying he was innocent and denying he did anything wrong until he pleaded guilty. I fear they will not help him accept his responsibility but will coddle him and tell him what a good boy he is.

    We all make mistakes. Chris has time to grow and learn from his mistakes and become a better human being. I think his “apology” is a step in that direction but he needs to do more for himself privately and for the world publicly to show true contrition.

    Back to lurking.

  11. ntrupt July 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Fire his apology writer and his acting coach!

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