The buzz machine behind the New York Post’s Page Six Magazine released an “exclusive” quote from their big Chris Brown feature in which he, of course was “talking about Rihanna”.
Every entertainment blog and website picked up the quote, nothing how, once again, Chris Brown was being exactly what the media has painted him out to be over the last two years: unapologetic and self-absorbed.
The headlines were all pretty much the same, and everyone had something to say about it.
Here’s the problem with all that: Chris Brown never said he was tired of apologizing about the Rihanna incident!
In fact, the quote released to the media was actually pulled from Chris’s answer to a question about what advice he would give his younger self. The bigger quote leading into that statement and the previous quote released about “being blackballed” spoke nothing about Rihanna and all about the meaning of fame in his and both meanings of his album F.A.M.E.
“Fame is what everybody seeks,” he says. “I get an adrenaline rush from it. But fame is basically love and hate all in one. Without bad, there is no good. Without good, there is no bad.”
But when most people see certain things happen to somebody, they usually turn away. They don’t want to get involved with it because they don’t want their name attached to anything negative. Now they wanna get on the record. They wanna let me back in the door. The last two years, everybody dissed me. But my fans were dedicated. The way I look at it is, you can’t walk around man, because then you just prove everybody right that you’re an angry person. So F.A.M.E means “Forgiving All My Enemies and “Fans Are My Everything.” Because I’m dedicating it to my fans.”
Now, beyond the fact that the quote was about his album, the feature in Page Six Magazine meant to focus on Chris’s art and Chris’s newly rediscovered love of visual art. Bottom line: Chris Brown has completed his court mandated anger management courses and the majority of his community service. The judge overseeing his probation has said more than once how impressed he’s been with Chris’s progress. He also has released three successful singles leading up to this album, he was even nominated for a Grammy for a mix-tape track and at which point does the focus go back to his music.