Chris Brown’s Breakdown Courtesy Of Eyedrops?
The debate over Arizona’s controversial immigration law was almost overshadowed this week by the debate over the authenticity (or lack thereof) of Chris Brown’s teary breakdown during his possibly career rehabilitating tribute to Michael Jackson at Sunday night’s BET Awards. On one end of the spectrum are those who believe his tears were genuine, while those who believe the whole thing was faker than a two-dollar bill are on the other.
In a story today on UsMagazine.com, which is sure to ruffle some feathers, an unidentified backstage source at Sunday night’s show claims to have witnessed Brown using tear-inducing eye drops before his performance of “Man in the Mirror.” The witness told the online version of the tabloid weekly that after the singer’s bodyguard handed him the drops, “He rubbed it in and he started crying.”
As a former activist in the domestic violence community in my home state of North Carolina, I saw firsthand the effects this kind of behavior has on not just individuals, but entire communities. That being said, it’s unnecessary for me to beat people over the head about where I stand on the back-story of Sunday night’s waterworks. But surprisingly, I’m going to give Chris a pass on this one since I don’t recall him exiting the stage before his attempt at belting out “Man in the Mirror,” and although I’m not completely knowledgeable about the way tear-inducing drops work, I’m almost completely sure their effects kick in immediately.
Now I’m still on the fence about the genuineness of Chris’s emotional outburst, and I don’t completely buy the “he was moved by the opportunity to pay tribute to his idol” line that his spokesperson has been feeding the press, but I refuse to believe that someone would be so low-down, trifling, and grimey as to use tear-inducing eye drops to get back into the public’s good graces.