Another Odd Chris Brown Interview
It seems as if nobody can cleanly interview Chris Brown anymore .
Matt Lauer of the Today show interviewed Breezy this morning, which of course comes with the "paint-by-numbers" questions of Chris Brown's shaky recent violent past, true or alleged.
He then performed his new single, to which internet reaction ranged from highly positive to disgusted.
One of these days, an interviewer is going to be so turned off by Brown's mere appearance that he/she will whip out at shank and Brown will be writhing around on the floor in pain as if he was just in a prison riot!
Chris Brown's appearance on Monday's "Today" showed the awkwardly transactional nature of many morning show appearances.
"Today" jumped from friendly to slightly probing and back to friendly with Brown, all in the span of an hour. Brown's first appearance of the morning was at the head of a surprise flash mob -- a typical morning-show introduction of a popular singer.
After that, it was time for Matt Lauer's interview with Brown, when "Today" was forced to grapple with the fact that its guest has a very checkered history of domestic violence.
Lauer was thorough--he ran through topics ranging from the assault on Rihanna to Brown's more recent violent incidents, and asked Brown whether or not his contrition was a publicity stunt--but the overall tone was gentle rather than prosecutorial, a redemption narrative instead of an excoriation. Brown said that he had grown and learned from his mistakes, and knew he had been wrong to attack Rihanna.
The show then helped Brown premiere his new single. The Internet reacted with typical measures of revulsion and delight.
"Today" is by no means alone in this awkward handling of Brown and other stars with tawdry histories. (Witness the media's generally jolly treatment of Charlie Sheen, for example.) But it was the latest outlet that seemingly did not quite know what to do with the story on its hands.
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