And now to that developing story, a violent outburst from performer Chris Brown behind the scenes at Good Morning America this morning. Brown reported erupted following an interview in which he was asked about the restraining order from ex girlfriend Rihanna, breaking a window and storming for the studio. Eyewitness news reporter Sandra Bookman live from time square by the Good Morning America studio live with the story.
Sandra: Ken, we’ve been told that Chris Brown and his team had been briefed on what he would be asked during that GMA interview – that some of the questions would likely cover his assault two years ago on former girlfriend Rihanna but the singer reacted to those questions but what could be best described as a giant temper tantrum.
(footage of Brown singing one of the new songs from his album)
Chris Brown’s Good Morning America performance was presumably part of the rehabilitation of his image, irrevocably blackened for beating former girlfriend pop singer Rihanna. During the GMA appearance host Robin Roberts questioned Brown about that incident though the singer repeatedly tried to steer questions back to his album.
(footage from the GMA interview)
Robin Roberts: Have you all seen each other, been around each other?
Chris Brown: I mean, I mean, not really. I mean it’s not really a big deal to me as far as that situation. I think I’m passed that in my life. I mean today is the album day so that’s what I’m focused on, so everybody go get that album.
It was after the on air appearance that Brown reportedly exploded inside the GMA Studios. A source told eyewitness news that he threw a chair at this window, sending shards of glass to the sidewalk along 43rd street and he sent out this obscenity laced tweet.
I’m so over people bringing this (expletive) up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for their bull (expletive)
The tweet has since been deleted. A shirtless Brown then left the Time Square studio. Neither Robin Roberts nor ABC has commented. Now we should tell you this afternoon, that Brown is in fact still on probation in connection with that assault on Rihanna. The NYPD tells us that no complaint has been filed in connection with this incident. We’re live in Time Square. I’m Sandra Bookman for eyewitness news.
Notice that despite all the damage he did to Rihanna, he had the nerve to refer to it as “no big deal” to him. He wants everyone to know that he has moved past it, but the moment he was out of the glare of the spotlight, Brown once again revealed to the world that he cannot and will not control himself.
I don’t normally focus my attention on celebrity news, but I feel that it is important in cases like Chris Brown to keep talking about it and never letting people forget what he is – a violent woman beater, who has always only cared about himself. Before some of you dash off to send me nasty emails, about how I give Black men are harder time than White men, let me say unequivocally, this has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with the fact that violence against women should never ever be ignored. The men who are guilty of these acts should not be celebrated.
I will also say that Black men are constantly asking Black women for our support. We are continually reminded that we must work to bring an end to racism, but this shared goal, does not give you the right to lay a hand on any woman, no matter what the situation is. I am tired of seeing the broken and bruised bodies of Black women being ignored. I am tired of the continual victim blaming. Just because Brown has served his time and is on probation, is no reason anyone should forget what he did. If he didn’t want to be reminded about his actions, he should should have thought about the consequences before using Rihanna like a punching bag.
Chris Brown can sing his little songs, and do his little dances, but for as long as he is in the public eye, he better damn well be prepared to be reminded of what he is, because the moment we forget, we are minimizing the violence that Rihanna lived through, and we are telling other survivors that their bodies are worth less than their abusers. I cannot boycott Brown, because I never bought his music to begin with, but I can keep bringing up his past, to make sure that it continues to haunt him. Why should Rihanna walk around with a lifetime of scars, while he goes along his merry way. This is what responsibility looks like Brown, grow up and get used to it.