“I just look at it and am like ‘WOW I’m in shock,’ because that’s not who I am as a person, that’s not who I pride myself on being so when I look at the police reports or I HEAR about the police reports, I don’t know what to think.
Do you remember doing it?
You don’t remember doing it?
I don’t. It’s like crazy to me. I’m just like ‘wow.’” (Larry King Live)
Entertainer Chris Brown taped an interview for Larry King Live to air Sept. 2 where he talks about his assault of singer and ex-girlfriend Rihanna. CNN leaked a clip of the interview where Brown tells King that he does not remember the high-profile incident for which he pled guilty.
The reaction: a blogesphere firestorm. Bloggers including Perez Hilton, Lainey Lui and Celebitchy called Brown a liar, questioning why he needed his mother and lawyer in the interview with him and saying his PR blitz is selfish and cruel. Mainstream media however had a different reaction.
We’re taking a look at those perspectives from CNN Headline News, People Magazine and the LA Times.
First, let’s look at CNN’s Headline News Showbiz Tonight
, where one panel member says that it’s probable that Brown has blocked out the exact moment but that verbalizing it so poorly will hurt his credibility. “But what he’s responding to is that moment of anger and rage that he can’t connect with. The fact that he remembers none of it? I mean, I think that’s the other issue. I don’t think anyone’s going to buy that he remembers none of it but he probably just doesn’t remember the actual moment of rage when he was feeling that intense rage.”An LA Times blog
likens the singer’s sentence to traffic school and the King interview to YouTube spoofs of the singer’s apology.“Larry King Live is the first choice of Brown’s handlers, mainly because Brown’s team believes the singer will be able to get his apology across without facing brutal questioning.”People Magazine
showed a soft side of Brown after he interviewed with them, reminding them that he grew up in a house with domestic violence.“Among Brown’s revelations: Why he’s different from his stepfather, who he says regularly abused his mother: ‘I feel like he enjoyed it. He was an abuser. It was continuous.’”
So what do you think? Are the bloggers too harsh? Is Mainstream Media too soft? Or is this exactly what Chris Brown’s PR reps wanted?