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Chris Brown has quickly become the target of another round of slings and arrows over his reaction to portions of Rihanna’s interview with Oprah Winfrey about his 2009 assault on the singer en route to the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Clips of Rihanna’s interview, which will air Sunday on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on her OWN cable channel, show her tearing up and telling Winfrey that “as angry as I was – as angry and hurt and betrayed – I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help. And who’s going to help him? Nobody’s going to say he needs help, everybody’s going to say he’s a monster, without looking at the source. And I was more concerned about him.”
HollywoodLife.com quotes “a source close to Chris” saying that “Chris saw the video clip. Of course he saw it, how do you think he feels? He feels horrible he did that.
“Watching [the interview] made him realize he made a big mistake and he’s been paying for it ever since,” the source said. “He’s working hard, in the studio, dancing, doing everything he can to rebuild his name and career and I think he been successful in doing all that. Y’all should be talking about his road to recovery and how he’s been a man and made [things] right. He and Ri are cool, more cool than anyone will know. She forgave the [boy] the minute that [incident] went down, so what that say about their relationship?”
Jamie Peck, a blogger at Crushable.com, pounced on the comment, writing, “How could we not forgive Chris Brown when he’s been dancing? And working hard to rebuild his career? And not, you know, going to therapy, or volunteering at women’s shelters, or doing anything that actually relates to taking responsibility for what he did?”
Peck also outlined “the reasons why we hate Chris Brown: not because he made a terrible mistake, but because he refuses to take any real responsibility for that mistake, and insists that anyone who thinks he should is just a sad, jealous hater. (But don’t worry, he forgives you!)”
Pop & Hiss readers: Has Brown suffered enough? Or do you agree with Peck that there are amends Brown has yet to make? Let us know your thoughts.
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