And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #98: Chris Brown v his mum

By | Published on Friday 17 February 2012

Chris Brown

So, even Chris Brown’s mother thinks the R&B thugster should learn to think before he tweets.

As previously reported, more than a few eyebrows were raised last weekend when Grammy bosses decided it was a good idea to give Brown two performance slots at the US awards show, despite it being only three years since he single-handedly made the Grammy brand synonymous with domestic violence.

Apparently for America’s pop establishment, providing you say sorry when your lawyers tell you to, and remember to sell some records at some point, you can beat your girlfriend unconscious in the street all you want, it won’t stop you being guest of honour, even while you’re still on probation for the crime.

Though not everyone in America’s music community was impressed by Brown’s Grammy appearances, the most notable critic being country star Miranda Lambert, who knows a thing or two about the impact domestic violence has on its victims, her parents running a shelter for abused women. She tweeted about the Grammys show: “Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl… Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen”.

Noting his critics’ unwillingness to forget that photo of a horrendously bruised Rihanna, bashed up after her run-in with then boyfriend Brown while on the way to a pre-Grammy party in 2009, the singer took to Twitter himself to write: “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY NOW! That’s the ultimate fuck off! I’m back so watch my back as I walk away from all this negativity”.

That and other such tweets were later deleted, though not before some were grabbed by other media and bloggers. And once said media started to criticise the pop wife-beater for those responses, he returned to Twitter to type “DEAR MEDIA… Ur plan is not working. I’m not going anywhere so get used to me”.

Which sort of shows a fundamental misunderstanding by the R&B star of his critics, who don’t especially want him to disappear, just that he and the American pop establishment more publicly accept that his was a heinous crime that won’t ever be forgotten, and that therefore celebrating the man at the very event his violent actions tarnished when even his probation period is incomplete is, in many people’s eyes, inappropriate.

Anyway, to Mrs Brown, and according to, the singer’s mother is increasingly exasperated at her son’s inability to show a bit of humility and remorse.

Radar quote a source close to Joyce Brown as saying: “Joyce is absolutely livid that those vile words and rants were posted on Chris’ Twitter page. She feels like people were just waiting for a negative reaction to what others were saying about him. She had begged Chris to just ignore it and she is just beside herself that after such successful performances at the Grammys and winning the award, people are now talking about this Twitter controversy”.

The source continues: “It’s time for Chris to grow up, and his mother told him that. Chris is his own worst enemy at times and she constantly worries about how he is going to react to stressful situations”. So, looks like those anger management classes, that Brown’s people were so keen to insist had done the trick, worked really well, doesn’t it?