Commentary — 30 December 2010

In a letter to TMZ (as if THAT was where the apology should have been

"I'm sorry...again...for reals..."

sent…) Chris Brown er uh, I mean, his press department offered up this written statement in regards to the “unfortunate” Twitter exchange with Raz-B.

Cue violins…

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“Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from Raz B, who was bent on getting attention.  Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter.”

[Mo'Kelly - If I hear one more apology with "words cannot begin to express."  And is this an APOLOGY or a justification?!  He opens up by talking about Raz B?!  Are you serious?!]

“I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone.”

[Mo'Kelly - You've learned?  What exactly have you learned?  You're back where you started.  If you "learned" something you wouldn't be back in PR crisis mode, complete with a formulaic "apology."]

“Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart.”

I love all of my fans, gay and straight. I have friends from all walks of life and I am committed, with God’s help, to continue becoming a better person.

If actor Michael Richards, said he loved all Black people after his N-word tirade…would it matter?  Of course not.

If Mel Gibson said he loved all his Jewish fans after his many tirades…would it matter?  Or course not.

It’s not the point.

The issue was never about “whether” Brown loved his gay fans, it’s about how he disrespected them (and molestation victims and sexual abuse victims) whether directly intended or not.  You can “love” someone AND manage to disrespect someone.  They aren’t mutually exclusive.  Chris Brown, er uh…his PR crisis team, still doesn’t get it.

But in effect Brown said, “I love all the people who are fans of mine.”

Of course you do, but that’s not the point Ike Turner Brown.

Elvis Presley and Rush Limbaugh probably loved their Black fans too.  This isn’t about fans, this is about wanton disrespect of people, not JUST the ones who may purchase Brown’s music or appreciate his dance moves.

Brown fails to realize and understand that he is a brand, a multi-million dollar corporation.  He is also the spokesperson for both.  His Twitter feed, followed by 1.3 million people is little different than national television, except whatever he says is delivered directly to his followers, regardless of age.

His apology is devoid of shame.  He should be ashamed.

His apology is devoid of embarrassment and true humility.

Brown has cast this as a “mistake,” a “learning experience” if you will.  By the time you’re 21 and have traveled the world, some lessons you should not have to learn via bad Twitter judgment.

This would be one of them.

When one makes such unacceptable remarks in the public sphere as a public entity, you abdicate and abrogate the right in having a say in “who” might be offended, whether they are justified in being offended and just how long their ire will last.

You can’t spew such vile rhetoric directly into 1.3 million Twitter feeds and then think a poorly-crafted apology sent to TMZ somehow makes it alright.

It doesn’t and it’s not.

Mo’Kelly’s not letting Brown off that easy.  Some behavior, some rhetoric, some rantings are simply unacceptable and inexcusable.  This would be one of them.  Brown said it, now he must own it…ALL of it.

And nice of him to once again conveniently throw “God” in there.   When in doubt, call on the Lord in vain futility and with questionable sincerity.  When Brown finally came down from his profanity-laden rant of vulgarity, he managed to indicate how ONCE AGAIN he’s committed to becoming a better person.  Shouldn’t be hard, nowhere to go but up.

Lastly…(these celebrities tickle Mo’Kelly),  this is what Brown should have said and would have saved some of that wasted crisis PR money he spent today.

To my fans, followers and those who happened upon my words on Twitter…

My behavior was inexcusable and unacceptable.  There is no excuse for making light of sexual abuse or the use of homophobic humor under any circumstances.  It is completely unacceptable and totally out of character for me.

If you are angry with me, I accept that and understand my responsibility in it.  Please accept my apology in return.  If you are willing to forgive me, humbly please accept my thanks and I will embrace this opportunity to do better…much better.

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