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An Open Letter To Chris Brown On The Subject of Shutting Up

Hello Mr. Brown,

Firstly, f*ck you. You beat a woman with your fists. F*ck you.

Secondly, congratulations on your Grammy win! Personally, I’m not a fan of your music; it’s not my cup of tea. I’ve always been a fan of pop music in general, mostly so I can make fun of it to entertain myself as I drive. What I have heard from your repertoire is enjoyable, I guess. It’s disposable fun that I’m sure I would enjoy if I were a club goer. I must admit that I haven’t heard any of the music from the category for which you were you won, Best R&B Album, including your album, so I cannot comment on whether you were truly deserving of the award or not. But, I am sure that you have enough natural talent to have earned it. I guess.

There is, of course, that pesky little matter hanging over your head – the one about you beating a woman. And it wasn’t just any woman. It was Rihanna, one of the most popular musical artists in the world. That fact shouldn’t matter, ultimately, but it is very telling. Not only did you have no problem with beating a woman, but you had no problem beating one of the most famous women on earth right now.

And now you have a Grammy for your music, which, again, I cannot speak to the quality of. I’m sure you earned that. I guess.

Here’s the thing, Chris: after you won your Grammy, you took to Twitter and said this:


This response would have been the perfect form of vindication had your career been plagued by questions about the quality of your music. Winning the Grammy would have truly been the ultimate F*ck You to the so called “haters” that felt you weren’t a good enough musical performer to ever win an award previously won by the likes of Lauryn Hill, TLC, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, and The Roots. If your musical talents had been heavily criticized in the media, then your Twitter response would have made much more sense. It still would have been viewed as stupid by most people that care about such things, but we would have all moved on quickly, understanding that you’re just another famous person that feels like they’ve triumphed over adversity, no matter how petty that adversity was.

But that Tweet wasn’t about your triumph in the face of harsh critiques of your music, was it? For you, that tweet was all about how you triumphed over people that criticized you for beating a woman.

Chris, winning an award for music does not mean we have forgiven you for beating a woman. And winning an award for music doesn’t erase the fact that you beat a woman. It’s not as though you won a Grammy in the category of Best Pummeling of a Female Pop Star by a Male Pop Star That We Now Completely Forgive.

You seem to have confused an award handed out for excellence in music (if you album was actually “excellent”) as an award that proves that you have officially ended a particularly nasty chapter in the book of your career, the chapter in which you beat a woman. Oh, and I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it already, but for beating a woman I say F*ck You.

You see, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences didn’t give you that award because everyone was surprised that a human could write a good R&B album after having beaten a woman, as if beating a woman would drain you of your musical talents, even though most of us which it had. They gave you that award because the Academy liked the music on your album and how it all came together to form a cohesive musical experience. So, when you rubbed your Grammy win in the face of the “haters” that hated you for beating a woman, it caused all of our eye-brows to furl in confusion as we gazed hypnotically at your confusion.

The reason that award sits over your fireplace right now isn’t because that was the Academy’s way of saying, “We’re sorry for accusing you of beating Rihanna, when you clearly did not.” You did, in fact, beat Rihanna. What the Academy did was separate Chris Brown, The Woman Beater from Chris Brown, The Pop R&B Musician and they gave an award to the musician, not the woman beater. That’s what they have to do. They must remain objective and give awards to the artists they feel produced the best music in the previous year. The award had nothing to do with your private life, and it certainly had nothing to do with you beating a woman. If awards were given out for Best Comeback Album After Committing A Horrible Act of Domestic Violence…well…we should all kill ourselves because that’s a horrifying world to be living in. Thankfully, that world does not exist. Yet you not only think that world exists, but you think we’re currently living within it.

We are not.

We live in a world in which we can separate people from the work they have done. Michael Jackson’s career was plagued by accusations of child molestation, but that doesn’t mean Thriller was retroactively awful. Thriller is still an incredible album, song, and music video, but Michael Jackson as a person? Maybe not so much.

As a musician, you’re probably very proud of yourself. F.A.M.E. is probably a good album, for all I know. But please, understand this: no amount of awards will ever wipe away the stain you left behind after you beat a woman, and no amount of success you gain from here on out will ever erase that fact.

Chris, I hope enjoy your award, but I also hope you understand that it is not a reward. For anything. Especially for beating a woman.

Also, f*ck you.

P.S. –

F*ck you.

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