I don’t like Chris Brown. I prefer my music with a large dollop of social justice and his music seems to be YOLO irresponsibility mixed with leading brand marketing. It’s almost like his music and many of his peer group is just conditioning to brainwash young people subconsciously into becoming criminals while selling the latest brand of shoes and booze.
That’s great for keeping the masses under control, not so great if you enjoy your bass with some positive message.
It’s not just the inane music however, it’s his abuse, his arrogant alpha male bravado and his gross worship of all that is wrong with consumer capitalism. That’s not to say he isn’t very talented and can dance and sing and do his thing, but he just ain’t my cup of tea.
He is however many other peoples cup of tea and if you want to shell out money to go and see him perform, that’s your right, just as it is anyones right to protest against him outside his concert.
What astounds me is the grotesque level of hypocrisy over banning Brown from entering NZ because he has a conviction for domestic violence. Domestic violence is a cancerous tumour in our society that needs to stop and far more has top be done to make women and children safe but banning a black artist and making this a stand on principle is an empty gesture bordering on racist.
Brown has his haters, society loathes wealthy young black men who show off, they however adore wealthy white men who show off – case in point, Donald Trump. For National to get on their band wagon and proclaim to the heavens that they are making a stand on Chris Brown because he abuses women seems twee.
I can’t remember any of them saying anything when their MP Mike Sabin suddenly resigned for ‘personal reasons’.
I don’t remember any of them saying anything when Maurice Williamson rushed to protect a wealthy Chinese donor from a Police investigation into domestic violence.
I don’t remember them saying anything about their President Peter Goodfellow and his ‘cough-cough’ domestic issues.
When it’s their own, they are silent, when it’s an easy to hate black musician it’s suddenly a moral crusade.
Banning Chris Brown from entering NZ because of his previous conviction of hitting his girlfriend won’t change domestic violence in NZ and simply allows us all to feel better without really having to do or challenge domestic abuse in our culture.
If National MPs were serious about making a stand against domestic violence, perhaps they could start with their own party first.