In the ancient Greek myth about Prometheus, the trickster Titan steals fire from the gods of Olympus to deliver to humankind. As punishment, Zeus chains the immortal Prometheus to a rock and compels a bird of prey (sometimes an eagle, other times a vulture) to eat his liver, which always grows back the next day. It’s a vision of eternal torment, just like Sisyphus pushing a boulder endlessly up a hill or George Orwell’s immortal image of a boot stomping on a face for all eternity.
We are all Prometheus, and Chris Brown is the liver that keeps growing back.
Brown has long been rumored to have been reunited with ex-girlfriend, soul mate, and assault victim Rihanna, and the pair ended up all over the tabloids this week thanks to an appearance at one of Jay-Z’s shows at Brooklyn’s just-opened Barclays Center. In effort to clear the air, Brown produced a video that is meant to explain his current romantic predicament, as he also reportedly just ended his relationship with model Karrueche Tran. He ends up merely muddying the issue, which is the Chris Browniest result possible.
“When you share history with somebody, then you tend to fall in love with somebody else, it’s kind of difficult, you know what I’m saying?” Brown says in the video, which he opens by admitting that he is a little drunk. “Is there such thing as loving two people? I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s possible, but for me, I feel like that.”
In between Brown’s explanations (recorded in the back seat of a car), there’s footage of him in a club and hanging out in hotels. Though he doesn’t mention either of his current paramours by name, it’s pretty easy to see what he’s getting at. “I don’t want to hurt either or,” he says. “I’m not trying to be a player, I’m not trying to be a dog. I’m not none of that. My momma raised me differently.” Check out the whole production below.
For a guy who supposedly wants people to stay out of his private life, this is sort of an odd choice. But it’s not entirely shocking, as this concept still stands.
Brown’s latest album Fortune currently sits at number 59 on the Billboard 200.