And now for today’s Deeply Disturbing Pop-Cultural Timeline: Around seven months ago, pop star Chris Brown violently assaulted his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. Late last month, he was sentenced to five years probation and six months community service after pleading guilty to the felony attack. And just last week he gave a weird, rambling interview with Larry King in which he seemed to suggest said crime was something that happened, as opposed to something he did. Now, today, he has leaked a brand new track via his official Twitter account, with a monotonous refrain of “follow me like Twitter.”
Setting aside the fact that the song is a complete piece of crap (take my word for it, or if you must, press “play” on the embedded track below — clip via Idolator), I’ve got to ask my Judgy McJudgenstein question: Should Chris Brown really be focusing on reviving his music career right now? Is our collective societal memory so short these days that after committing a heinous act, you no longer need to take the requisite time away from the spotlight before your rehabilitation campaign of tearful talk-show interviews and “meaningful” product-shilling begins? Based on his Larry King interview, it should have been pretty clear to everyone in the Chris Brown camp, if not to the young man himself, that he is in need of a major time-out, maybe a one-year banishment to the naughty step, where he can reflect on his actions, come to understand why there was so much anger and misogyny in his system, figure out what it was that caused him to risk the promising career he had built for himself, and construct a plan to make sure he’ll never again succumb to the demons that caused him to do it in the first place.
But nope, instead, Chris Brown is singing the lyrics “follow me like Twitter” and asking us all to take a listen. I don’t think I’m ready for this jelly. Nor will I be anytime during the remainder of this calendar year. You? (Also, even if you don’t like the song “Twitter,” you may still follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!)
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