How Has Chris Brown Not Been Cancelled Yet?

by Jeremy Carden

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I believe this blog should start off with a disclaimer to avoid people dragging me online. This is not a post about how I hate Chris Brown or anything like that. Honestly, I have been a fan of his work since his debut album. If not for his checkered past, I truly believe that he was going to be the next Michael Jackson. In terms of talent, I don’t think there are too many other artists in the industry right now who can compete with him.

Earlier this year, a couple of big names in the music industry had their legacies tarnished by documentaries that took the internet and the world by storm. Of course, I am referring to “Leaving Neverland” and “Surviving R. Kelly.” Despite being dead for almost 10 years by the time the documentary was aired on HBO, Michael Jackson was “cancelled” by a lot of people around the globe. Some of his music was removed from streaming services, music stores pulled his records from shelves and radio stations refused to play his singles.

R. Kelly’s troubles have been going on ever since the infamous tape where he was shown urinating on an underage female. However, there are some fans who will support him no matter what. That explains why fans have bailed him out of jail on more than one occasion. Too bad the recent allegations, testimonies from former associates and uncovered tapes have put R. Kelly in a situation that even bail money cannot get him out of.

What does this have to do with Chris Brown getting cancelled?

The point of his blog is to discuss whether Chris Brown will eventually get the same “treatment” that R. Kelly and Michael Jackson faced earlier this year. I watched the “Welcome to My Life” documentary on Netflix, and it answered a lot of questions that fans have been wondering for years. The scene that had viewers talking was related to the night of the incident between Brown and Rihanna.

Considering that we are living in an era of cancel culture, I’m surprised that Brown has not had a documentary made about him going over all of the various legal troubles that he has faced over the years. Whenever someone mentions “Chris Brown”, I think a lot of people instantly think about the situation with Rihanna. However, there have been A LOT of various arrests, fights, allegations, etc. that have happened between 2009 and 2019.

This video that I found on YouTube goes into great detail about all of the situations that Brown has gotten himself into:

I’m wondering if the reason Brown has not faced a lot of backlash from the cancel culture is because his fanbase is so strong. A lot of people would agree that the reason R. Kelly did not go to jail because of the notorious tape was because he was dropping hit records. Fans would say that he is too talented to do such a horrendous crime.

Is Chris Brown getting a pass because of his talent as well?

Look, I have not been a huge fan of his work since his “X” album. It could be argued that Chris Brown has more hit singles than hit albums. Just because I have not been a fan of his latest work does not mean that I have stopped being a fan. He is a rare talent for our generation, and it is inspiring to see him continue doing what he loves despite the world standing against him.

What I don’t want is for another 15 or 20+ years to pass by, and then we’ll see a documentary coming out to destroy Brown’s career and legacy when he could be a completely different artist in the “golden age” of his career and life. I wonder if the cancel culture will even still be a thing in 2030 and beyond.

Overall, do you think Chris Brown is “getting a pass” because he is extremely talented with a dedicated fanbase? Should people still support him despite everything that he has done in his past?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michael Jackson Homage In Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods

By Jeremy Carden

Has anyone besides me ever have one of those moments when you watch a movie or episode of a TV show dozens of times, but you finally catch a glimpse of something that you did not notice the first time?

Most people call that a “blink and you miss” situation and believe me I just had one of them!

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I was watching DBZ Battle of Gods for the 22nd time since the movie came out and I caught a glimpse of something that made me VERY happy to be a Dragon Ball fan!

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The Z-Fighters were all enjoying Bulma’s birthday party (well except for Vegeta because he was scared as a cat on the edge of a pool because Bills and Whis were there) while this was going on.

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During the scene where the Pilaf Gang is searching Capsule Corporation for the Dragon Balls, they came across a room where Bulma was storing all of the prizes for the bingo tournament she was holding. Inside of the room, you could see all kinds of expensive prizes like a castle, a very expensive jewel and a plane.

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Aside from all of those magnificent prizes, the most spectacular one of all was the complete set of Earth’s Dragonballs. Kind of interesting that the magical orbs were collected as nothing more than a grand prize for the winner of a bingo game…

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It’s no wonder that the Shadow Dragons would eventually invade the earth in Dragon Ball GT due to the extreme misuse of the orbs (I know GT is non-canon and whatnot, but I still couldn’t resist the joke).

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At least the balls would eventually be used for a good cause in the movie; informing Goku and the others how to “create” a Super Saiyan God. Wow it certainly seemed a bit convenient that the balls had already been gathered for the bingo game to save the Z-Fighters from having to venture around the globe to find them in order to ask Shenron about the legend of the Super Saiyan God. That’s the power of plot for you!

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While the Pilaf Gang stared at the balls in amazement, they were caught by Trunks and Goten. It was during this scene that the three turned around in shock.

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Looking to the left of Emperor Pilaf, I saw a white hat and jacket. I really did not think too much of this especially as a prize for a bingo game. That was until I noticed a miniature plague or stand that had a white glove to it…

At that moment, I put two and two together and realized “OMG THAT STUFF BELONGED TO THE KING OF POP MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!

I’m a huge MJ fan and DBZ fan so to see homage being paid to the late King of Pop in one of my favorite anime series was truly an amazing moment for me.

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The white hat and jacket were probably drawn based on the style of clothing Michael had on for the short film Smooth Criminal.

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Not to mention the iconic glove is always remembered from his trademark performance of Billie Jean at the 25th Anniversary Special for Motown.

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I know this is not the first reference to Michael in the DB series. Does anyone remember King Kai’s pet monkey Bubbles?

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I don’t know if it was ever officially confirmed, but it is quite possible that his name may be a reference to Michael pet chimp, who is also named Bubbles.

Considering that the English version of Battle of Gods is coming to the U.S. this August, I’m sure that there will be fans in theaters who will notice this small homage and smile like I did.