Dear Chris Brown, Tell Us the Truth: Were They Real or Fake
I have been wanting to get to this all day but I have been caught up doing other things (more to come about those “things”). Watching the BET Awards last night, it appeared as if it were a night for comebacks. For one, Kanye West opened the night standing atop a volcano in a fashion only ‘Ye could pull off. T.I. pulled off a comeback, making his first awards show appearance since he was released from prison after spending seven months in prison on a weapons charge.
But no comeback has been more talked about than Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute. I would have to say that out of anyone in the music game right now, Chris Brown is the only one that is capable of emulating anything near to what MJ was. I remember when CB was supposedly set to be a part of the MJ tribute at last year’s BET Awards before his spot was cut. I can come out and say that this is the only tribute that has been worthwhile.
Here’s the best analysis of the set, via EW.com: “He started off performing Jackson’s Bad smash “The Way You Make Me Feel” and then changed into a sequined black jacket and donned a glittered white glove for Thriller‘s “Billie Jean.” Brown’s obviously the only singer capable of doing Jackson’s moves justice. He popped, spun, and moonwalked as the “King of Pop” did for decades.”
He was solid, that is until he launched into MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.” From the start, Brown choked up and lost it. It was all over from there. The tears were streaming down his face and, out of nowhere, America forgave him.
There are many people that believe the tears were genuine – with everything Brown has endured from the Rihanna ordeal, losing fans, endorsements and everything else. People are also saying that he was overcome with emotions about losing MJ. On the other side, there are many detractors questioning the sincerity of his appearance. MTV.com ran a story getting both sides of opinion. One person was incredibly harsh on Brown saying, “Where was the forgiveness then? So sad that a sick person like Chris can put on a show of ‘tears’ to a REAL MUSICIAN’S MUSIC to get sympathy. … His tears were for what he lost, which I pray he will never get back!!!”
Check out this video from ABC News that also questions Brown’s intentions (on a “journalistic” point of view”):
So what are your thoughts? Does Chris Brown deserve redemption after the performance he put on last night? Or, does he still have a long way to go to gain forgiveness?