I know, I LOLed too, but seriously, Chris Brown isn’t allowed to talk anymore. That’s what his manager, Tina Davis, had to say when Billboard asked her about her plans for helping Chris promote his new album:
Not have him do interviews but to concentrate on performing and recording. It was something we set a while back. We’re not trying to be rude, selfish or disrespectful to anyone in any way. If people are going to judge anything, judge him for his talent. He signed up to sing and entertain. Not to talk about his personal life. We look at it as starting all over. Our grind, our choices are different than they probably would have been three years ago. But we are humbly trying to get back into the swing of things. He has this movie and other scripts are coming our way. A couple of different companies have been talking to us about partnering with him. They’re not afraid to stand next to him. They understand that hey, this young man has another 20-30 years to go. He has a right to be able to grow up and learn about being a man, being a person.
For funzies, Tina also said that the hardest part of trying to get people to like Chris Brown again “was trying to get people to understand that it wasn’t as easy as saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ or having the right answers in an interview,” and that “it takes more than a year to deal with things that have happened in your past — whether you’re 50 or 20.” Furthermore, they’re focusing on “God’s plan for Chris,” and also “his love for music and his talent still shone throughout all of the good and bad times. So part of the strategy was to introduce his core fan base to Chris Brown now: the same talented guy who’s 22 and has a little more edge.”
Oh my goodness, I can’t. There are too many things in this, but first and foremost, I definitely believe that “no interviews” is a good rule for Chris Brown. Seriously, that kid just can’t talk, ever. I really don’t think he’s capable of giving an interview or dropping some Tweets without making a total ass of himself.
But, ok, “if people are going to judge him for anything, judge him for his talent,” is that a serious quote? Because if I was presented with some stranger who, by definition of his career, wanted me to like him, and I was presented with two representations of his character, one being some shitty hip hop song and the other being an incident in which he horrifically abused his girlfriend, I think it’s a little natural to at least consider that last one, don’t you?
Also, the bit about “he has a right to grow up and learn about being a man,” no. No, ma’am. When Chris beat the hell out of Rihanna, he was 19 years old. He wasn’t a child pulling on some little girl’s braid and kicking her with little sneakers that light up (yeah, I’m looking at you, kindergarten class). A 19-year-old is old enough to be able to express himself in other ways, and the fact that his manager is trying to make him out to look like a kid who just didn’t know any better is pretty repulsive, in my opinion.
But hey, who’s going to buy Chris Brown’s new album, huh?