What if Chris Brown were white?

Let me first preface this post by saying, there is no intent to stir up a racial controversy; nor does mediamyxx.com condone Chris Browns actions.  Yet we do know that everyone has demons in their life, and who are we to continue to judge someone.   After the Grammy’s several celebrities took issue to Chris Brown’s win and performance; including country star Miranda Lambert, who tweeted ”

“Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…

Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.”

Yet let’s ask the question, if Chris Brown were white, would the outrage over his domestic violence be so scornful three years after the incident. Let’s look at some “other” men who have committed the same crime and discuss how the media treated them as opposed to Chris Brown.  First, let’s look at Sean Penn.  He married Madonna in 1985 and in 1988 plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence against Madonna.  In 1991, Penn was back to directing films and in 1995 nominated for an Oscar. There was little backlash against Penn and he continues to be regarded as one of the most prolific actors of our time.  Now example two, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who served 4 months in jail for domestic violence.  In the police report, then wife Pamela Anderson described how Tommy Lee beat her and even kicked her while she was holding their son Dylan.  The media dismissed the incident as Tommy Lee being a bad boy and he went back to making music and touring.   So again, if Chris Brown were white, would he receive the same backlash as he is receiving now.

 

Photo courtesy of Matt Styles/Associated Press

 

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