Chris Brown's Hard Work & Fab 'Today' Show Performance Have Earned Him Forgiveness

Fri, June 8, 2012 1:06pm EDT by 29 Comments
Chris Brown Performance

Chris has worked incredibly hard to redeem himself since his terrible assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, but now it’s time for us to give him a second chance. Rihanna has forgiven him, he’s fulfilled his sentence and his devotion to his music, his art and his fans deserve applause.

Chris Brown has to be one of the most talented performers in the world. His terrific Today show performance June 8 blew the audience away. He radiated positive energy in a totally polished song-and-dance performance. He was careful NOT to lip synch but still managed to move his famous fast feet at almost the speed of sound.

For the 18,000-plus crowd, some of whom slept in line to see him, it was worth every second of the wait. Chris, 23, knows how to pull off a show-stopping good time for his fans. And he happily tweeted thanks to those fans after the show – “Thx to all teambreezy who woke up so damn early to see me perform! I love y’all!.”

Yes, there are those who will never forgive Chris for his inexcusable behavior with Rihanna, 24. BUT, I believe most people deserve second chances and Chris is more than worthy of a one. You have to remember how young he was when he attacked Rihanna — 19 — and he grew up in a terrifying household, where his stepfather regularly attacked his mother. Children unfortunately often mimic the behavior that they see even if they know it is wrong. Chris has talked about how frightened and horrified he was by his stepfather’s behavior.

Since the attack, he has taken anger-management classes, fulfilled community service without complaint and has restored a friendly relationship, and more with Rihanna. Multiple sources have told us that there is “mutual love, respect and admiration” between the two even if they have their disagreements still. And of course they have each sung on each other’s records – “Birthday Cake Remix” and “Turn Up the Music Remix.”

Chris is intensely career-focused. His new album, Fortune, will be released July 3, he has an art show opening in NYC on June 11 at the Opera House, and a film, Battle of the Year: The Dream Team, comes out next year.

People who work with Chris regularly tell us he’s “a good kid” and that there is no sign of his former anger issues. “He gets annoyed like other people but nothing that’s any different from anyone else,” a close associate reports. “If only the media would let that s**t from four years ago go.”

Well, what happened wasn’t s**t but if it never happens again, Chris deserves the opportunity to move on and to be judged on his talent and hard work.

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Bonnie Fuller

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Trini

Posted at 11:03 AM on June 11, 2012  

Most of the people commenting here are overly judgmental. How long will y’all condemn this poor dude… so he made a mistake and paid the price for it… It is not up to man to judge him, only God and I’m sure he asked for forgiveness from God…. so cut him some slack!!!! PS I’m sure noone in your lives are perfect and made several mistakes!!!!! GREAT PERFORMANCE BREEZY……..

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So what??!!

Posted at 7:44 AM on June 10, 2012  

No matter hoe many shows he sells out,what dance move I’ll always see Chris 4 wat he is a disgusting,cowardly and non repentant woman beater just the sight of him disgusts me

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Sherri

Posted at 8:49 AM on June 10, 2012  

You need to take a look in the MIRROR apparently do not love yourself to habor such hatred! Your english is horrible in this comment …go to refresh our native language.

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100% Amazing

Posted at 6:46 PM on June 10, 2012  

SEEM LIKE YOU NEED TO SEE A SOMEONE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM YOU HAVE WITH YOUR EYES, PERHAPS A PSYCHIATRIC ALSO DOCTOR WOULDN’T BE SUCH A BAD IDEA AFTER YOU’VE STOPPED AT THE OPTICIAN.

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100% Amazing

Posted at 6:48 PM on June 10, 2012  

@ SO WHAT; SEEM LIKE YOU NEED TO SEE A SOMEONE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM YOU HAVE WITH YOUR EYES, PERHAPS A PSYCHIATRIC DOCTOR ALSO WOULDN’T BE SUCH A BAD IDEA AFTER YOU’VE STOPPED AT THE OPTICIAN.

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Trini

Posted at 11:05 AM on June 11, 2012  

@ So What….. then why are you here???? Go and pray to God to cleanse your heart…. You need Jesus

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Mybreezy

Posted at 8:01 PM on June 11, 2012  

That was one incident, show me a history of beating women , how can you base someone’s entire existence on one incident.? I’m sure there are svrl people who have done some horrible things but since they are not famous you have no idea! No one is constantly reporting your every movement, and making up lies b/c it sells. None of the good things Chris does is reported. Plus he has NO VIOLENT HISTORY,b4 the incident or after. He has show cased hard work & talent in so many diff areas his work s all u need to judge. Matter fact it speaks 4 itself! U can keep being ignorant and negative , keep pushing h8 and bullying over a mistake made when he was a teenager. But u are really show casing whou you really are by doing that. So keep it up!!.

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MA KIloz

Posted at 2:18 AM on June 10, 2012  

some of yall don’t make no sense, CHris BRezzy did Great performance damn sure he alway work hard whenever it come to Music Business or anything that he do.

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100% Amazing

Posted at 8:21 AM on June 9, 2012  

wow! this is strange coming from Hollywood Life, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE USUAL NEGATIVE INSINUATIONS?

Its taken you FOUR year to realize all these? I often said the media has their own agenda that’s separate from the public’s belief. This was never about being Team-Breezy or a fan of any sort, It was just common sense just as you have stated in clear and concise words.

We are not being unreasonable to support a child who admitted his wrong and made measure to improve his life or are we? Each case has to be considered on its own merit & society should NOT be about retaliation, revenge and crucifixion.

Its also not in our power to forgive someone that hasn’t done us any harm therefore, the issue of forgiveness or 2nd chances was NEVER any of our business in the 1st place.

He is arguably the best entertainer alive NOW that is what concerns us, and that is what the media should also concern themselves with, not if the brush their teeth or the color of their underwear.

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Misty

Posted at 6:18 PM on June 8, 2012  

We have ALREADY forgiven him, it was media outlets like yourself that was still being negative to him and disrespectful. Chris was NINETEEN. At that age I did so many things that I wish I could take back, but everything is a learning lesson. No one sin is greater than any other. And you NEVER help the person by tearing them down for something they wholeheartedly too responsibility for. His supporters show that they are beautiful people full of forgiveness and love. We support the artistry, and we support the growth. THAT is what TEAMBREEZY is all about.

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Shenaa18

Posted at 6:06 PM on June 8, 2012  

I agree Bonnie! No one really knows what happened that night so you can’t just start judging. I’m not saying that its right to hit women because its not but its can also go the other way around. What if she hit him? Like i said you don’t know what happened so don’t judge so quickly. And just because Bonnie believes in second chances does not make her any less of woman. Get lives people.. you might not believe it but its actually OVER..lol

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melody

Posted at 6:04 PM on June 8, 2012  

Amen to this post.

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Posted at 5:41 PM on June 8, 2012  

he didnt lip he just used auto tune like crazy

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Ethan

Posted at 5:04 PM on June 8, 2012  

man some of you people are blind, the writer said he completed his anger management clases, did his community service and more

he works together with several charity company’s and he has his own charity called ‘The Symphonic Love Foundation’

He hasn’t been violent towards any human being ever since. he deserves a 2nd chance.

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Anderson

Posted at 3:04 PM on June 8, 2012  

Nice to see positive news!!

I won’t see any coments because people with a lot of probles can be here, so again, Great article. Chris is a great man, he deserve respect.

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lbp

Posted at 2:04 PM on June 8, 2012  

Bonnie, you have gone browntarted. So one day, if a hypothetical boyfriend beats you, you will forgive him because he worked hard and is talented at his job? Dumbest story of the year. Thanks for a good laugh

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Trini

Posted at 11:09 AM on June 11, 2012  

Let’s hope your life is perfect…… You have also sinned one way or the other….. does that mean people should condemn you for the rest of your life??

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BC

Posted at 1:47 PM on June 8, 2012  

Yuck. The problem was never that he wasn’t doing enough community service or dancing well enough. The problem was that his bravado and sneer after the beating reinforced that this sort of violence is somehow acceptable if nominally repented for, and as easily forgiven as you’ve made it seem here.

Bonnie, you’re normally pretty sharp with this sort of stuff but this is irresponsible.

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Mybreezy

Posted at 8:49 PM on June 8, 2012  

That was one incident, show me a history of beating women , how can you base someone’s entire existence on one incident.? I’m sure there are svrl people who have done some horrible things but since they are not famous you have no idea! No one is constantly reporting your every movement, and making up lies b/c it sells. None of the good things Chris does is reported. Plus he has NO VIOLENT HISTORY,b4 the incident or after. He has show cased hard work & talent in so many diff areas his work s all u need to judge. Matter fact it speaks 4 itself! U can keep being ignorant and negative , keep pushing h8 and bullying over a mistake made when he was a teenager. But u are really show casing whou you really are by doing that. So keep it up!!!!!

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Sam

Posted at 1:27 PM on June 8, 2012  

So being a talented dancer means it’s ok to beat the crap out of your girlfriend? Good to know.

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My breezy

Posted at 6:33 PM on June 8, 2012  

That was one incident, show me a history of beating women , how can you base someone’s entire existence on one incident.? I’m sure there are svrl people who have done some horrible things but since they are not famous you have no idea! No one is constantly reporting your every movement, and making up lies b/c it sells. None of the good things Chris does is reported.

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Shannon

Posted at 1:21 PM on June 8, 2012  

This has got to be one of the most hypocritical things I’ve read on the site.

BTW, Bonnie, working hard should never redeem someone if they became so physically violent that they cause contusions on somebody’s face and they end up getting sent to the hospital. Just saying.

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Mybreezy

Posted at 7:34 PM on June 8, 2012  

That was one incident, show me a history of beating women , how can you base someone’s entire existence on one incident.? I’m sure there are svrl people who have done some horrible things but since they are not famous you have no idea! No one is constantly reporting your every movement, and making up lies b/c it sells. None of the good things Chris does is reported. Plus he has NO VIOLENT HISTORY,b4 the incident or after. He has show cased hard work & talent in so many diff areas his work s all u need to judge. Matter fact it speaks 4 itself! U can keep being ignorant and negative , keep pushing h8 and bullying over a mistake made when he was a teenager. But u are really show casing whou you really are by doing that. So keep it up!!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 1:16 PM on June 8, 2012  

Eh… I’m not really sure how being a good performer makes it OK to be an abusive boyfriend.

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laura

Posted at 1:39 PM on June 8, 2012  

Eminem beat his wife so many times and still treated like a king. charlie sheen etc. even a murder is allowed to Redeem them self and have the right to work and to vote. Chris aint asking anything he is a self employer and simply using his talent. so buy it or ignore it its up to you but keep your judgment to yourself and look yourself into a mirror coz that job belongs to GOD ONLY

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Moni6626

Posted at 4:02 PM on June 8, 2012  

Amen!

 
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LB

Posted at 6:03 PM on June 8, 2012  

@Laura well said!

 
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what?

Posted at 12:50 AM on June 9, 2012  

You use an inappropriate example,say Eminem beat his wife but rather that they were fighting,in fact only his fans treat him like a king,more people despise him

 
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Mybreezy

Posted at 7:39 PM on June 8, 2012  

That was one incident, show me a history of beating women , how can you base someone’s entire existence on one incident.? I’m sure there are svrl people who have done some horrible things but since they are not famous you have no idea! No one is constantly reporting your every movement, and making up lies b/c it sells. None of the good things Chris does is reported. Plus he has NO VIOLENT HISTORY,b4 the incident or after. He has show cased hard work & talent in so many diff areas his work s all u need to judge. Matter fact it speaks 4 itself! U can keep being ignorant and negative , keep pushing h8 and bullying over a mistake made when he was a teenager. But u are really show casing whou you really are by doing that. So keep it up!!!!

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