by Jeremy Carden
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?
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