Yesha Callahan

Is Chris Brown Being Treated Differently Than Other Celebs Who Behaved Badly Because He’s Black?


We all know about singer Chris Brown’s past crimes, but is he being treated differently than other celebrities who’ve behaved badly? That’s the question some are asking after Brown’s appearance on The Daily Show was scrapped.

According to the Daily Beast, Brown’s upcoming appearance caused “controversy” among the Daily Show staff with many disapproving of the host Trevor Noah’s decision to chat with the singer. While Noah apparently hoped to use the interview as a chance to discuss domestic violence issues, others felt the host–who joked about Brown’s past assault of Rihanna years ago–might turn the whole thing into a punchline.

Brown’s Daily Show appearance isn’t the only thing that got the axe this week. On Tuesday, his Australian tour promoter issued a statement canceling his upcoming shows in New Zealand and Australia later this month. While other artists with sketchy backgrounds and legal issues have been allowed Down Under, Brown has been denied visas by the Ausies, Britain, and Canada.

Brown’s 2009 assault of Rihanna was indeed horrific, but unlike stars like Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Charlie Sheen, or Michael Fassbender he’s still being vilified in the media for it.

Is Breezy’s media problem about race, or something else? Sound off! 

  1. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    You can’t compare apples and oranges. Most of the people you mentioned effed up back when you didn’t have a 24 hour news cycle. One of the issues that hurts Brown is that his behavior has been front and center on social media. In addition, after the Rhianna incident he had numerous incidents of bad behavior, notably the ‘throwing the chair at the window” at NBC during his Today show appearance. Throughout he throws public tantrums on Twitter then apologizes. Over and over. As a parent it feels like a child who is struggling with something – I’m not sure what.

    I feel for Brown – he seems to be his own worst enemy. My father had a saying – like a cow that gives a good bucket of milk and kicks it over. I wish he could find peace and continue to perform. He is extremely talented but doesn’t seem to be able to navigate his public image very well.

    • December 2, 2015 - Reply


      Agreed. Plus she’s constantly Badly behaved.

    • December 2, 2015 - Reply


      If only Chris could bring himself to not commit acts that lead people to having doubts . . . . but of that he seems incapable.

  2. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    I observe most of the other ones being vilified, too (most recently Charlie Sheen, in light of his recent HIV revelation), if not in the stories they appear in, but certainly in comments and the court of public opinion. Chris Brown did pay his debt and, having done so, has the right now to perform his craft, earn and provide. Unfortunately, people have long memories, and I think he’s always going to have a rough go at it.

    Another thing that I think makes things difficult for Chris Brown is the fact that Rihanna was his victim. As horrible as domestic violence is under any circumstance, because she is currently such a public figure herself likely reminds people of what he did on a heightened level.

  3. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    Chris Brown is getting exactly what he deserves. He thinks people are suppose to just forget about what he did and continues to do. I do not feel bad for him. The storm will cease one day, but just not now.

  4. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t understand what is so hard for people like Chris and his simple fans to understand. “Paying debt” through court is one thing, but being truly contrite, being truly remorseful, CHANGING your behavior going forward–these are the ways that you help people forgive and forget if you want to have an untarnished career. He should have faded a long time ago and would have if not for this ugly incident, truth be told.

  5. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    There is the serious problem of domestic violence in the world. It shouldn’t be minimized or brushed under the rug. Chris Brown has done the unspeakable action of domestic violence. He also has damaged property. My philosophy is that Chris Brown should be treated just like anyone else who has done similar or equivalent actions. If many nations refuse to allow Chris Brown to perform, then any human being of an equivalent criminal record should not be allowed to come into the countries to do shows too. That would be totally fair. Other celebrities have done worse than Chris Brown. Chris Brown has no other option but to not only improve his life, but in my view he should be more active in the anti-domestic violence movement. He has to oppose the agenda of patriarchy for real. He has to be much more mature and be a better human being.

  6. December 3, 2015 - Reply

    Lol….f Chris brown….

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