This time, Chris Brown did not use social media to go on a rage-fueled rant. He used the traditional form of media to go volcanic.
The object of Brown’s indignation? The media and Jay Z, mainly how some celebrities get “a pass” on past transgressions, while folks are still throwing “woman beater” in his face even though four years have elapsed and he has repented and been sentenced by the city of Los Angeles.
Jay Z’s adolescent indiscretions included selling drugs and shooting his own brother. But Brown probably should have opted to compare himself with media golden boy Charlie Sheen who, around the time that Breezy was making Rihanna kiss the pavement in Los Angeles, admitted to holding a knife to his wife’s throat and threatening to kill her — and this was after beating her. Not only did Sheen escape unscathed from the episode, he actually became a bigger star.
Take a look at what Breezy had to say about the media and Jay Z in an upcoming exclusive interview with Jet.
On going through hard times and responding to critics:
“You have to go through the struggle before you can get to the good part. I don’t try to last out at people, or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be.”
On dealing with backlash and reaching his breaking point:
“I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings.”
Chris also spoke on how hip hop moguls like Jay Z get a “pass” for the things they’ve done in the past while he doesn’t, and how young black men are still considered “n***as” despite staying out of trouble.
On Trayvon Martin and racism in 2013:
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care.
We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as.”
On the public being more accepting of other celebrities’ past mistakes:
“No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that [Jay Z] stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”
What do you think of Breezy’s inflammatory comments? Is it a righteous rebuke of the mainstream media? Or is Brown bellyaching?