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Chris Brown says he's a changed man, but his new music video doesn't help his case. In an interview with Today, the R&B singer opened up about his 2009 assault of girlfriend Rihanna, with whom he's since reunited. Now, says Brown, he's learned to respect women. So why does his new single literally objectify women, by equating us with "Fine China"?
"It's comparing a woman to how priceless and delicate she is," Brown, 23, explained to MTV News. "This song is more of a chivalry kind of record, being more of a gentleman, taking that approach of catering to the woman, having more of that love element."
Right, because we "delicate" women are suckers for chivalry, especially from a white knight like Chris Brown. In the video, below, he saves a swooning Asian girl from gangsters. Where do we even begin?
As far as we've seen, Chris Brown has no regard whatsoever for women, unless he's rescuing them in music videos (or parading them around at court hearings) to make himself look good. Forget the 2009 assault for a minute; there's plenty of evidence in the last six months alone. Remember that long string of violent sexual threats he unleashed on a critical female Tweeter in November? How about that rant during a March concert, in which he lectured men on how to control a "bad bitch"?
And yet Breezy continues to tell interviewers that he's learned from his mistakes. On Monday, he told Today's Matt Lauer that he became a "different" man after the assault.
"For me, I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is," said Brown in the interview (watch it below). "But most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal with myself and forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to, you know, Rihanna, and being able to be that man that can be a man, you know?”
Oh good! He remembered to mention Rihanna in there.
Brown also told Lauer that the 52-week domestic violence counseling program he attended really helped him in "knowing that what I did was wrong, and never doing it again." (We sincerely hope so.)
As for Rihanna (whom he's still dating, despite reports to the contrary), Brown says that "she knows my heart, and I know her heart." When Lauer asked if Brown was sure that he'd never assault Rihanna again, the singer laughed -- laughed! -- and said "Absolutely." Did we mention he laughed?
It's good that Brown is trying to convey some kind of remorse, but we hate that he's turning his domestic violence conviction into a story of personal triumph. The singer told Lauer that he hopes his new album will "inspire the world, and inspire people that have been in my situation." Earth to Chris Brown: You're not the victim. People hate you because you did something really bad. Want that triumphant comeback? Try doing something good for a change. And maybe stop comparing women to dishware.