Chris Brown's Fans Need to Sit Down

Chris Brown visits BET's 106 & Park. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Chris Brown visits BET's 106 & Park. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

"A 'Free Chris Brown!' rally? Really? Michael Arceneaux writes in a piece at Ebony that likens the R&B crooner's fans to enablers after they protested his arrest this weekend in Washington, D.C., because of an apparent altercation. 

I hate the phrase "you people," but what in the hell is wrong with you people? A "Free Chris Brown!" rally? Really? I also hate it when people say "Why do this when … ?" as it's obnoxious and negates the fact that A doesn't always equal X or however the "alegeba" goes. Point is you can walk and chew gum at the same time, but I wish each and every one of you would go sit your happy selves down somewhere and stop being silly. In this instance, there are indeed more pressing matters to worry about.

I don't like being a hypocrite, but I hate enablers more than any of the aforementioned.

Here's how my friend reacted to news that you Chris Brown Freedom Riders were out in Washington, D.C. protesting Chris Brown's arrest as if he were Nelson Mandela: "Let me make sure I'm not missing anything. He [allegedly] beat up someone, which is fairly illegal. Got arrested. Now they're protesting to have him freed?"

After I confirmed the story, she offered musings that cannot be republished here. Yet, just know that I agree with her and every four letter used. I should have known that by writing something mildly defensive of Breezy Fist's detractors that he was going to do something that would cause me to feign regret, but I'm more frustrated with the people who continue to fault everyone else for igniting the rage of Yellow Incredible Hulk.

I imagine many of you are currently going "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" following news that Chris' felony charged has been downgraded to a misdemeanor assault charge given "the victim's injuries weren't that severe and witness statements conflicted." He won't do any time for the assault, but he may do time for violating the terms of his probation for a past offense.

Read Michael Arceneaux's entire piece at Ebony.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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