Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chris Brown has shaky grasp of how justice works

Chris Brown is currently trying to make us forget what he got up to earlier this year. It might be working, given that MTV headline their report on the latest Chris Brown interview with "Chris Brown On Rihanna Altercation: 'I'm Learning From My Mistakes'", thereby downgrading domestic violence to something more akin to a scuffle.

Brown - somewhat hopefully - tries a gambit suggesting the fault might be in people who look at a person beating their parner, rather than the beater:

"Just be human. Because at the end of the day, I'm human. Of course you're gonna have your thoughts and opinions. I'm not gonna say they're wrong. But at the end of the day, it's not right to judge someone. People make mistakes all the time. I'm learning from my mistakes everyday and I regret it every second."

You didn't turn before your light changed, Chris, or snaffle an extra cookie from the plate - you beat the crap out of Rhianna. That's a little more than "making a mistake", don't you think?

And where does the idea that we shouldn't judge a self-confessed domestic thug come from? Isn't that a key element in criminal behaviour, that - by definition - it's something society will judge and find wanting? Shouldn't Chris concentrate a little more on the contrition, a little less on telling the rest of us we're in the wrong?

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