Chris Brown is one of my favorite artists. Why? I appreciate good music and artistry.

We all know Brown is one of music’s polarizing acts, but it does not stopped him from being one of the biggest artists of today, who dominates R&B, hip-hop and pop radio.

This week, Brown made headlines again when it was reported by The Daily Beast, staffers at Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” were feeling uneasy about Brown’s scheduled appearance due to his domestic violence past. 

Host, Trevor Noah, wanted to use the opportunity to have an open discussion about domestic violence, since he witnessed it in his own home.

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If you tuned into the show Tuesday night, which is when Brown was scheduled to appear, you saw he was not there and Nick Cannon was the guest, instead.

On Wednesday, news broke Brown’s appearance was cancelled, but Comedy Central released a statement saying they wanted to schedule him again in the future.

“Guest bookings are always subject to change. The show hopes to reschedule Chris for a future appearance.”

It’s like holding a grudge against your friend’s ex-boyfriend when they’ve made up and everything is cool.

It was also reported Brown’s concerts in Australia and New Zealand were cancelled due to him being denied a visa as a result of his domestic violence past. 

In September, there were reports warning Brown officials were planning to issue a “notice of intention to consider refusal” into the countries due to the 2009 assault case.

Before the decision, Brown asked officials to reconsider, saying, he “would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence.”

Michaelia Cash, Australia’s Minister for Women who was previously the Immigration Minister, told reporters regarding Brown, “People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you: ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia.'”

With all these developments happening at the same time, many have wondered when Brown will finally be forgiven for his actions and if he’s unfairly being punished more severely than other celebrities who have done similar things because he’s Black.

Los Angeles Times music writer, Gerrick Kennedy, asked similar questions in his piece, ‘When will we stop punishing Chris Brown for his past?’ 

If you have not read the article, Kennedy in no way condones Brown’s actions, but does ask why he’s not treated the same way as other celebrities who have a past with domestic violence such as Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, Slash and Creed lead singer, Scott Stapp.

The difference here is Brown paid his debt to society.

But Kennedy is not the only one who feels this way. 

Clutch, asked these same questions in an article this week titled, “Is Chris Brown Being Treated Differently Than Other Celebs Who Behaved Badly Because He’s Black?” 

The writer brings up other celebrities including Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Charlie Sheen and Michael Fassbender, who have questionable and violent pasts which mostly get swept under the rug.

Have Brown’s actions painted him as a stereotypical “angry Black man” where no matter what he does that’s how he’ll be judged? It appears so.

We all know Brown has not always made the best decisions in the years following “the incident” with Rihanna

There’s been club fights with Drake, a parking spot meelee with Frank Ocean, arrests, rehab and jail time, to finally completing his community service and being off probation.

The common refrain has been Brown needs to grow up, but how easy is that to do in this social media-era where opinions are loud and people aren’t shy about tweeting celebrities their opinions and reminding them of their mistakes? 

Or when TMZ puts a camera crew in your face every time you go to court?

He’s seemingly embraced the bad boy image many painted him as in the years following the 2009 Rihanna assault.

Speaking of Rihanna, people don’t seem to realize by constantly bringing up that infamous February 2009 night and shunning Brown, they unfairly revictimize the singer when she’s clearly moved on from the situation and in recent years reunited with Brown romantically and musically. 

You can even hear Rihanna’s vocals on Brown’s latest mixtape, Before the Party, on the track, “Counterfeit,” which he released on Black Friday.

And who could forget their Michael Jackson-inspired duet, “Nobody’s Business,” on Rihanna’s 2012 album, Unapolgetic.

I’ve always wondered if Rihanna can forgive Brown, why can’t the public? If she doesn’t see him as a threat to society or a monster, why do we see him as a “thug”?

It’s like holding a grudge against your friend’s ex-boyfriend when they’ve made up and everything is cool.

We all watched Rihanna’s 2012 sit-down interview with Oprah where she tearfully professed her love for Brown.

Back to this Australia situation, Brown performed in the country in 2011. Keep in mind, at this time he was still on probation, had not completed community service, “the incident” was still fresh in people’s minds and it was the same year he infamously threw a chair at a window during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”

Supporter or not, one could see why Australia would have some reservations about letting the singer in the country, but in 2015 after a Rihanna reconciliation and being off probation, it just makes you wonder, “Why now?”

Regarding the news surrounding “The Daily Show,” Noah found himself in hot water due to some tasteless jokes he made regarding Brown and Rihanna’s incident.

Noah spoke openly about his family’s history with domestic violence where his stepfather shot his mother and threatened to kill him. 

Knowing this, it does make you wonder why he would joke about the situation, even though many comedians were doing the same thing at the time.

One of Noah’s jokes reads, “Rihanna is cancelling shows due to poor sales. I guess he beat her again.” Another goes, “I woke up and my face was puffy and swollen- I looked like I was in the car with Chris Brown.”

Even throughout his controversy, Brown remained a staple in music and you can’t go more than a few minutes without hearing his songs or his voice featured on other artist’s records when you listen to the radio.

With the constant backlash the singer faces, which is magnified due to social media, many wonder if a White celebrity were to commit the same actions today, would they be villified the same way as Brown.

What do you think? Sound off!

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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.