A Punch in The Face!

Yesterday FB friends responded to my post about the singer Chris Brown’s arrest in DC.   I didn’t weigh in because I wanted to see how his arraignment would go.   Now that’s done, and his parole may be revoked thus sending him to jail, we can hit first on celebrity “entitlement!”

The entitlement issue in our country leads to way too much sensitivity.  Last night talking to two friends born outside the US, I smiled when one of said, something I’ve believed a long time.  Whether it’s race, culture or sexual orientation, we are awful as a nation to rules on political correctness.  Unwritten rules that you cannot say this or that because it hurts my feelings or someone else’s.  Grow up! 

How does this relate to Chris Brown?  In his version of what happed, he says two guys jumped into a photo he was taking with two women.  “I ain’t into no gay shit! I feel like boxing.”  And?

Celebrities get a bad wrap sometimes for their celebrity.  If you cannot deal with it, don’t be famous!  That is why, I have no sympathy for Chris.  He’s been in these situations far too often.  After Rihanna, no matter what she did to invoke his anger, she didn’t deserve to get a “fruit punch” ie. beat down.

Chris your celebrity status doesn’t give you the right to break someone’s nose.  Instead, it should heighten your awareness of your surroundings making you keenly responsibility of your job to keep your fans happy.  They want a picture?  No matter who they are, take the picture.  Remember your fans make it possible for you to buy your home, clothes, the bus you were protecting and the attorneys you will now have to re-hire.  

Should the gentlemen in question have tried to get on your bus?  If that is what happened, then you should have let your bodyguard do his job.  That’s what you pay him for!  Your job is to make the people happy.  Bodyguards job, protect you from people who overstep the boundaries.

On FB some of you said, Chris has some sort of mental illness.  It appears he has anger issues.  That is his problem.  I want to know when will fans get angry enough to stop putting money in his pockets?  Better yet, why are fans so angry with Jay-z for not ending his Christmas partnership with Barneys? 

Millions of fans that have put money in Jay-Z’s pocket should have been angry with him years ago for using the word “nigga” in just about everyone of his songs.  Instead they are angry with his partnership because they heard through the media that the store is accused of profiling African Americans buying expensive items in their stores.  Don’t get mad with Jay-Z stop going to Barneys!

The mental illness and entitlement we see in celebrities is just as much the fans fault.  So what Jay-Z doesn’t want to end his partnership!  He wants to know the whole story before he cuts his ties to a company that will give 25% of the money raised through their partnership to his charity.  A charity that provides scholarships to low income disadvantaged children.  His argument not a dime goes directly to him.  Hmmm…..okie dokie then does that mean you also don’t get the tax write off for the donation on the income you make from the fans?  Why get mad at Jay-Z?  Get even, stop buying his music!!

Jay-Z is rich and “entitled” to do what he wants with his money.  Just like Chris Brown is “entitled” to do what he wants with his anger issues.  I’ve downloaded only one Jay-Z CD ever and never one by Chris Brown.   My issue with Chris is that he beat down a woman!  My issue with Jay-Z is he’s made over a billion dollars using the word “nigga” in his songs. 

Yes, that is my sensitivity and until now I haven’t shared it publicly, just to my friends.  I have an issue with the word not because it makes me crazy.  You see my mother repeatedly told her children when we called each other names, “sticks and stones…words don’t hurt me none!” 

My issue with the word is I understand the psychological impact it has had on generations of people.  It is why I loved the movie “12 Years a Slave: The Solomon Northrup Story” and why I encourage all who haven’t to see it. 

My last question, which really is the real question is this, “When will the public hold the artists we support and make rich accountable?”   

I guarantee you, if John Boehner used the word “nigga” in a public speech, or, if Ted Cruz punched someone in the nose, the masses would come together and make sure neither of them ever won another election, or made a dime at the public’s expense.  Just sayin’