Sponsors for a Halifax concert headlined by Chris Brown are dropping like violently beaten flies, and if it continues like this I won't be surprised if the plug is pulled entirely on what was a stupid idea in the first place.
A fourth sponsor, Molson Canadian, announced Monday it has pulled out of the Energy Rush summer festival. One would think sponsors would know better than to embrace a concert featuring a violent woman-beater as its star attraction, but they seemed to think it was going to be a blockbuster. And maybe it will. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, so that'll be the real test.
But in the meantime, feedback has been extremely negative, basically comprised of the words: "The hell? Do we not remember that this guy pretty much broke Rihanna's face?" And if I may just play devil's advocate for a moment and defend Chris Brown ... ACK! My keyboard just exploded! ... I think he's such a monster talent that if he had shown the merest iota of repentance for his assault, the world might have forgiven him. Not forgotten, mind you, but forgiven.
Instead, we've seen him continue to act like a truculent, entitled little shit whose fists still escape the confines of common sense with disturbing frequency. I won't bore you with the details, but if you're interested, there was the Frank Ocean thing, the bowling alley valet thing, the chair-throwing thing, the hit-and-run thing . . . it does begin to look like a pattern.
With a cluelessness so profound it can only be explained by the fact that they're on his payroll, his "reps" are pretending to be shocked. Get a load of this bullshit:
"It's a shame that some people are so short-sighted and uninformed. Chris is an award-winning artist whose goal is to inspire and entertain. He engages in many philanthropic endeavors to support his community and communities worldwide including the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Best Buddies, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Kids Wish Network, Get Schooled and Home Again. Chris strives to learn from his past and to grow as a person, as we should all do."Or to paraphrase: "Chris Brown, not unlike Jesus, is a helluva guy. Wouldja just GET OVER the domestic violence thingie already, you dumbarses, or do we have to kick and punch and bite the living snot out of you?"
Yeah I think what we're looking for here is a little humility, you goddam morons. Stop protecting this spoiled rotten brat and give him the time out he so richly deserves and so desperately needs.
Starting with the Halifax Energy Rush concert.
As for the Toronto concert, I'd love to hear Chris Brown live. I love his music. But will I pay one red cent to hear him at this juncture? Oh hell no. Boycott. Who's with me?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dang. And I already bought my ticket to his concert at Koolhaus on July 26.
MY NOTE: That's odd; I think I just heard a donkey speak.