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Chris Brown Should Win an Emmy for His BET Award Show Performance

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Kimberly Seals Allers: Of all of the performances at Sunday night's BET Awards -- good, bad or "What the bleep were they thinking?!" -- no one put on more of a show than Chris Brown. I'm not talking about his utterly genius dance tribute to Michael Jackson. (You would've easily thought that silhouette belonged to the Gloved One himself.) No, it was after the dancing that the show really started. Now, I watch the BET Awards for musical performances, not dramatic performances, so when Chris Brown broke into the worst dramatic rendition of "Please forgive me; look how sorry I am" -- complete with falling to the knees and over-the-top "I can't go on"-ness -- I had to double-check at one point to see if I had somehow accidentally switched over to the Daytime Emmy Awards, where you usually see such histrionics.

Chris Brown

At first, I thought, Is he crying over Michael Jackson's death one year later? I mean, we all love and miss MJ, but his own brother Jermaine was able to keep it together. Then I thought, Is he crying because "Man in the Mirror" is a self-reflective tune and he may not like the way he's looking in the mirror of late? Possibly. But the longer it went on, it seemed really clear that this was an artfully contrived attempt at made-for-TV forgiveness via falls to the floor, snot-wiping and major boohooing. Is this the new product placement -- emotional outpourings by fallen stars?

What really bothered me was that the performance was supposed to be about Michael Jackson, not Chris Brown. Chris Brown, somehow you took MJ's moment and used it for yourself! Not cool. But congrats to your publicity/crisis-management team. They have earned their high fees -- and whatever other checks you cut to pull off that spectacle. Look at your buzz now! Finally, you can push those pesky pictures of Rihanna's battered face down off page one of your Google results.

By the way, the L.A. Times has been conducting an online poll asking if Chris Brown was faking it at the BET Awards. At the time of this writing, 33 percent of respondents (or 2,913 voters) believed Chris was thinking only of Jackson and was choked up by his death. Twenty-seven percent (or 2,416 voters) said Chris was 100 percent faking a breakdown in order to get sympathy. Nineteen percent (or 1,648 voters) said Chris was 50 percent upset over Jackson and 50 percent freaked out because he was performing legitimately again.

As far as I'm concerned, Chris Brown was really crying (and still is) over that lightweight singer Trey Songz' stepping in and dominating his domain, taking over all of his swooning tweeny-bopper fans, while Brown has been cleaning highways for community service and trying to act contrite about beating up our Princess RiRi. Meanwhile, Trey has nary a Chris Brown-like dance move to be found -- and hasn't needed one. (Oh, and memo to BET: Please do not ever, ever again let a young'un like Trey Songz -- with his breath still smelling of Similac and a voice as weak as a newborn's neck -- sing a tribute to a musical genius and giant like Prince. Prince should have beaten Trey with a purple guitar for his off-key "tribute" performance.) But I digress.

The best thing Chris Brown said was when he came back out, acting (again!) very surprised to have beaten out Justin Bieber and Trey Songz for the AOL Fandemonium Award. "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again," he said. "I promise you." That's real, Chris. Thank you.

Listen, black people are extremely forgiving. (Ask O.J. and Michael Vick.) But we are not stupid. Don't let us down again on that one, either.

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Honest June 29, 2010, 12:38 PM

Not a good article. He was kid with no record when he snapped on Rhianna. No History of abuse, give the kid a break and move on! As no one is perfect, we have no right to judge others. Remember no sin is greater than one, what your sin?

Jay June 29, 2010, 12:42 PM

ppl are pathetic and heartless. Every thing the boy does they try and find an angle about it and turn it negative. Its been over a year he cant do anymore then what he did just give him another chance and move on. His tribute was beautiful and touching. Im guessing he started to tear because it was just a really emotional moment. He was finally performing and giving his all to his idol Michael Jackson, bet gave him the chance to finally perform, family and friends and former friends of his were out there in the audience and the song man in the mirror was like a pun on the past year of his life so all that into one will get you emotional. Every person making negative comments if you made a mistake and asked ppl to forgive you and they didnt you would see how much it hurts and how hard it is. Hes been on good behaviour ever since and really wants to change. All these negative ppl and comments need god in their lives or some help. Its human nature for people to hate on others and like to see someone fail. They get a song twisted pleasure from it. All i gotta say is god bless everyone supporting him through the bad times and those who are now giving him a second chance. You people all have loving forgiving hearts. Its now time to watch Chris go back to where he was and thats the top and to continue making great music like his idol Michael Jackson did.

Pearl June 29, 2010, 12:49 PM

Good Grief people…give him a break a damn bunch of miserables!!!!…Rhinna is back to her normal self…slanging butt all over the place…and with that sais she’s doing well…So give this young man back his life…No one said anything about JayZ slapping the crap out of some girl, he was the same age as Chris…So I’m sure you’re still swinging to his tunes…If you Judge then plan to be judge…HATERS….

K. Ray June 29, 2010, 12:50 PM

As a performer I have to say I am appauled but not surprised by the response of “some people”. It is rediculous to even ponder that Chris Brown intended to woo the crowed with an act to gain sympathy and redemption. Many of us artists are fans and lovers of MJ, he’s influenced so much of our music and continues to influence our lives… To be afforded the opportunity to perform any of his music on a local or national level is surreal, and for Chris to be one of the few people to actually have some kind of personal relationship with MJ means alot… His crying wasn’t about him being sorry or wanting to be redeemed, you can’t “act” that kind of crying. That young man poured his artistic heart out on that stage and left it there only be stabbed by the people he looks to most for support. Yes, you can say he only does it because without the people he doesnt get paid… But if you look at his recent album sales and the demand for his performance, his pocket’s aren’t hurt a bit. A true artist such as Chris Brown or even MJ, strives on the raw passion for his craft not to get a paycheck!!

skc 79 June 29, 2010, 1:02 PM

Imagine being in the spotlight with millions of people watching you. You do something (as we ALL have, none of us are perfect) in a few short minutes that can change the course of your life. Now because you are a public figure, the whole world finds out what you did the very next day. Thousands of people go from loving you to hating you in a split second. Everyone is out for blood concerning you and wanting to see your career destroyed. A few months later your idol dies, but of course nobody would allow you to pay tribute to him for the fear of the controversy it would cause- though you are the best person for the job. For the next year and a half you go through public humiliation over what you have done. FINALLY, people start to turn around and they see that you are in fact the best person for the job. Secretly people have been anticipating your tribute to such a great icon. Finally the moment arrives, you’re on stage in front of hundreds of other artists and millions of viewers for the first time since your incident. Your stomach is probably twisting in knots because you don’t know what to expect. You get up there and perform like your life depended on it, and for the first time in a long time, the crowd is going wild over you. You’re over taken with emotion because you literally had no idea what of what to expect from people. Then you’re ask to sing such a touching song, but you are so overwhelmed with many emotions when you realized just happened you can barely speak let alone sing. You were finally given the chance not only to redeem yourself, but to pay tribute to the person who you modeled your career after. What a feeling that must have been….I wrote this to you fellow “mom” because people seem to forget that celebs are not super human and they have feelings just as we do. I needed to paint a picture of what this young man may have been dealing with emotionally when he was on that stage. When your kids disappoint you or make a mistake do you condemn them for the rest of their life? I would hope not, and I pray that you know your children well enough to know when that are sincerely sorry. Well guess what, performer or not, Chris Brown is somebody’s child and he deserves a second chance just like your children do!!!

hb June 29, 2010, 1:12 PM

so chris suffers for the rest of his life for making a young foolish mistake but rhianna climbs the charts with a song called rude boy; begging for it hard and rough, pull her hair and she needs to feel it..sounds like she wants chris back or maybe he didnt give it to her hard enuff??..have to love the world we live in when you have a mom writing trash like this and society that shines a light on a young girl who no doubt made mistakes as well but then after condemning a man for what was done to her now begs for it in a hit song!!! this is the world we live in!!!!

Angela June 29, 2010, 1:39 PM

Ms. Kimberly,

It is very sad to see that this kid will be demonized for the rest of his life for a mistake that he made in his teenage years. This is the reason that our youth is so messed up in this day and age. Thank God for people like Will Smith who reached out to this youth. I hope that you have never done anything in your life that warrants forgiveness. I am glad that you are so perfect. If it hasn’t happened, trust and believe that you will get your due for your unwillingness to help and/or forgive a child. MJ’s song man in the mirror has made me look at myself on more than one occasion and made me cry, for mistakes that I have made and when I feel like i’m not being my best self. that is how powerful M.J. was with the mistakes that he made.

MS LINDA June 29, 2010, 1:52 PM

just me do your pal charlie sheen seann penn tommie lee desever the worst because the are stupid women beater

ME  June 29, 2010, 2:18 PM

you are so ridiculous and the biggest hater ive ever heard of. that was so real, if you didnt feel the emotion, your heartless. ive seen chris’ acting, its not THAT great, which means that was 105% honesty and real. everybody makes mistakes! EVERYBODY, your not human if you dont. he messed up, its been a very long time. forgive him, and move on and stop bringing this up. hes still learning. i believe you people who dont like CB because of this incident just want attention and a reason to be heard because no one will listen to you about YOUR OWN boring lives. and btw, trey is an amazing singer! how dare you. like everybody else, he has much to learn. but as of right now, hes amazing and can hit notes many other males cant.

rae June 29, 2010, 2:22 PM

TO KIMBERLY, EMMA, JUST ME, AND ALL YOU OTHER HATERS. I love it when people as yourselves love to do God’s job and judge others. Kimberly, you don’t know how he felt, was you there? Funny, you took time out of your pathetic life to write an article about him, are you going to write one about Charlie Sheen as well. It’s called redemption, something you don’t know anything about.How about writing an article about how many times Rihanna has cashed in on the whole incident. I love it when people as yourselves love to sit behind your computers and closed doors and judge evrybody else.

kendell June 29, 2010, 4:24 PM

i think chris was crying of Mj it doesn’t matter if it’s a year later.

lexyne  June 29, 2010, 5:13 PM

on the bet awards he did such a excellent job doing that michael jackson dance and performance even thogh he cried. i had to admit he did a good job

Ann June 29, 2010, 6:49 PM

Very inappropriate and biased article.

tutu June 29, 2010, 7:03 PM

He was only a KID when the incident happend. As someone who works in the industry…These KIDS with Money are treated like GODS without anyone giving them any proper guidence. I’m not justifying what he did. But allow the KID as he still is to make a living. STOP trying to destroy his career. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. What is a valuable lesson to teach our children is the power of forgivness. WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE! WHO AM I to judge you for your comments. Lets have some understanding. He’s shown he is sorry. Let him try to earn a living and remember these people famous or not are just people, human beings so lets start respecting one another! LET GO of the PAST and live in the PRESENT. LET HIM MAKE A LIVING and stop all this HATING.

Pasha June 29, 2010, 7:34 PM

As a black woman who has personally experienced domestic abuse I say there is no way to forgive and forget…abusers leave scars forever in their victims’ lives. Domestic abuse is no MISTAKE.

Anonymous June 29, 2010, 7:37 PM

This author clearly is not a mom and has little time on her hand other than to nick pick someones emotions. If you were not there to watch I would suggest you leave your comment to yourself. Anyone looking could tell that the emotions he was feeling was raw. It was not a pretty cry. So Ms. Allers why don’t you look at that performance with fresh and not tainted eyes and see it for what it was. A young man just 21 caught up in emotions.

Roxy June 29, 2010, 7:43 PM

you are one unforgiving person I can only pray that you do never make any mistakes in your lifetime and ask for forgiveness, let he that is without sin case the first stone. I hope for your sake all that is in your closet stay in the closet. As a black woman and a mother we should encourage our young men to accept their responsibility and change for the better do not judge them for the mistakes that they make but help and encourage them to make change.Miss Kimberly shame on you I guess you are one of those who think because you are a black man you are not entitled to forgiveness and change

Babygurl June 29, 2010, 8:09 PM

i don’t appreciate the last comment about black people being “extremely forgiving”. This is not a black or white issue. Chris Brown made a mistake and you are no one i quote “NO ONE” to be judging him about his actions or his performance. Everyone deserves a second chance because after all God gives us many chances. I honestly think you should reevaluate your career.

skyelv June 29, 2010, 9:07 PM

Wow. This is a very hateful article. Who are you to judge whether Chris Brown’s performance was heartfelt or not? I personally believed he broke down over his idol MJ. Remember, he wasn’t allowed to pay tribute last year. So, with all the criticism he took added with people like you who feel that he shouldn’t even be allowed to breathe air - he got emotional! Since you are the almighty great one, when will you (if ever) forgive Chris Brown??? Hypocrite!!

Skyelv June 29, 2010, 9:15 PM

I didnt want to play the race card, but you started it by saying that Black people are more forgiving. Excuse me?? Are any of the following people black?? And btw, they have all been forgiven:

Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Arnold S., Tommy Lee, Rothlisberger, etc etc etc

You are a hate monger, and I’ll never visit this site again.

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