Chris Brown, Stop the 'Woe Is Me' Act

Brown is mad that some white celebrities are forgiven for the same things he's persecuted for. He has a point, but who cares?

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Recently, Rihanna herself seemed bothered when a writer for Fabulous magazine tried to goad her into a conversation about Brown. The editor made note of how she flatly said, "You obviously want to talk about Chris Brown; I don't."

And there it is. Maybe Brown couldn't get away with conveying that sentiment in that strong a tone, but he's good-looking, with big, white teeth. All he has to do in the future is smile and say he's moved on. Maybe the reason he can't say it is that he hasn't truly done that. When I watched Brown sob during his tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards, I felt bad for him and wanted to root for his success. These days, I wonder if there were other reasons he was too choked up to finish his performance of "Man in the Mirror."

His rabidly loyal fans can lay blame with other people, but it won't change the fact that throwing a chair is immature and petty -- not to mention a potential violation of his probation.

The title of Brown's new album, F.A.M.E., is a dual acronym for "Forgiving All My Enemies" and "Fans Are My Everything." Fans are indeed everything, including enablers of his bad behavior. Brown may have enemies, but his biggest enemy continues to be himself.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles. You can read more of his work on his site. Follow him on Twitter.

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