You know, maybe it's time to forgive Chris Brown for beating the ever-loving crap out of Rihanna in 2009. After all, his actions were so out of the blue -- so out of character for who he is as a person -- that the assault clearly showed he needed help, not criticism. At least, that's what Rihanna seems to be saying to Oprah in an upcoming interview airing on OWN's Next Chapter.
I have to give Rihanna props for the way she was able to talk, yet again, about what is clearly a difficult subject for her. She's obviously been hugely uncomfortable with the victim role thrust upon her by the public, and she has a valid point that Brown was instantly vilified after the beating without anyone knowing the full story.
But seeing her weep on camera and say that she felt "protective" of Brown after the incident ... well, it's kind of a tough message to absorb. Especially since Chris Brown hasn't exactly been Mr. Nice Guy since 2009.
Here's what Rihanna told Oprah about how she felt after the night Brown assaulted her:
I lost my best friend. Everything I knew switched ... switched in a night and I couldn't control that. So I had to deal with that, and that's not easy for me to understand or interpret. It's not easy to interpret on camera — not with the world watching. So it was hard for me to even pay attention to my mind and figuring things out because now it became a circus. I felt protective. I felt like, 'The only person they hate right now is him.' It was a weird, confusing space to be in. Because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help, and who's going to help him? Nobody's going to say he needs help. Everybody's going to say he's a monster without looking at the source, and I was more concerned about him.
Check out the video clip from the interview:
Wow, right? God, remember that photograph of her face, all battered and bruised? Remember the police report? It's so hard to think back on those details and agree that she should have been concerned for his welfare.
Of course, it's not our job to tell Rihanna how she should feel. She has the right to forgive him, hook up with him again, make beautiful music together, whatever.
Still, I haven't changed my mind about Chris Brown. I don't dislike him out of some misguided desire to protect Rihanna, I dislike him because he seems like a real asshole. One whose hotheaded, strike-now-regret-it-later personality seems perfectly aligned with being a lifelong abuser, if you ask me.
Others may feel differently after seeing Rihanna's interview. For example, this video commenter:
See, i completely agree with Rihanna! I knew right when that happened Chris was going to get turned into some devil woman abuser that everyone basically wanted to see shot and killed! But you have to look at the big picture! His mom was abused all throughout his child hood. She was beaten by her boyfriend! Look at the bigger picture friends! This isn't something Chris just randomly did! He saw this before and reenacted on it! The kid needs help. Not to be bashed!
Sounds like Rihanna's candid words may have shone a new light on Chris Brown. What do you think? Are you ready to forgive him now?
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