Inside the Hearts and Minds of Team Breezy

Yeah, Iron Sheik, I would probably agree that Chris Brown has raisin balls. It would explain a lot.

Definitely opposed to violence against women, Sheik. I’m with you. But we’re getting into a bit of a tricky area when we start calling Rihanna a dumb bitch for potentially going back to her woman-beating ex-boyfriend. While I would be disappointed in Rihanna for doing such a thing — which we have no evidence ever occurred — there’s no need to get pejorative toward her.

Sounds about right.

Totally on board with that name.

Now I think you may be getting carried away.

Thank you, Iron Sheik, for setting the tone for this post. Like the Sheik, I think Chris Brown is a vile, worthless piece of human garbage.

I am, however, fascinated by the marvel that is Team Breezy — a global assemblage of Chris Brown fanatics and apologists who take to Twitter and the Internet to defend their misunderstood hero against all comers.

Team Breezy, made up largely of young women, simply does not care that Chris Brown punches, kicks, bites, and claws at women. Why? Because he’s hot. And has a pretty voice (ed. that’s debatable).

Members of Team Breezy have made several splashes for saying some disturbing shit en masse along the lines of “Chris Brown can beat me anytime.”

Lest you think that Team Breezy just has a great sense of humor, and that’s just a lighthearted way of expressing their appreciation for Brown’s attractiveness, these people have also shown their vicious side whenever anyone dares to question Brown’s honor.

Because Brown is a woman-beating asshole, comedians like to reply to his Tweets by trolling and baiting him (and Team Breezy), like so:

Needless to say, Team Breezy does not respond well to such trolling, nor do they tend to find the humor therein. They respond to people like Johnson hatefully and quickly, like a pack of hungry wolves, with such bon mots as “Choke on a dick and die you stupid bitch.” If Brown himself acknowledges one of his trolls, Team Breezy goes extra crazy, like they’ve been called into battle by Gandalf or something.

And Team Breezy are strong enough in number that we can’t write them off as a handful of crazies — this is a genuine cultural phenomenon. A fucking disquieting one at that. That a sizable segment of a generation of girls and women gives zero fucks about a celebrity attacking his girlfriend, and even embraces that part of his reputation…well, that has to say something about American culture, doesn’t it?

Americans have a reputation for forgiveness with our celebrities and politicians, but the parable goes that the sinners must apologize, repent, and ask for that forgiveness. Brown did none of those things. His response to getting caught throttling his girlfriend has been a combination of anger, defiance and avoidance. Yet his fans not only forgave him but embraced him more than ever. It should also be noted that Brown didn’t just beat any woman, he beat Rihanna, Barbados’s sweetheart and a beloved star in her own right. If anything, you would think a backlash from Rihanna fans would have driven Brown out of the industry forever.

But here he remains. Collecting awards. Performing on television. Breezing through life like nothing ever happened.

Now, I think that the very culture of forgiveness I just described is absolute bullshit. An apology written by a PR emergency response team doesn’t connote genuine remorse, and even genuine remorse doesn’t undo most wrongs. Nor I do think celebrities owe us apologies for their poor behavior. I don’t need an apology from Tiger Woods because he cheated on his wife. I don’t give a fuck about Hugh Grant’s taste in hookers.

So does Chris Brown need to give us a heartfelt apology because he “began applying pressure to [Rihanna’s] left and right carotid arteries, causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness”? Not necessarily. We’re not really involved. But he does deserve to be in jail. And he certainly doesn’t deserve continued success and wild-eyed adoration.

Team Breezy represents a unique, potentially new moment in fans’ relationships with celebrities. Brown’s admirers did not demand the usual pound of flesh in exchange for the charade of forgiveness, acceptance, and a slow rise back to the top. Nor are they in denial about what happened. They accept that Brown’s assault caused Rihanna’s “mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle,” and they’re just peachy with it.

Does it all come down to attractiveness? Does pretty forgive anything? Or are we so desensitized to violence against women that this seems acceptable:

Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers and then released her. While Brown continued to punch her, she turned around and placed her back against the passenger door. She brought her knees to her chest, placed her feet against Brown’s body and began pushing him away. Brown continued to punch her on the legs and feet, causing several contusions.

It’s difficult for me to make a blanket statement that Brown’s fans are terrible people and need years of therapy, especially considering they are so many and so young. But Brown’s fans are terrible people and need years of therapy.

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3 responses to “Inside the Hearts and Minds of Team Breezy

  1. Fred Durst

    I beleive whole-heartedly that chris needs to be accountable and #teambreezy need to be told that chris is not worthy of their adoration.

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  3. Musky Canadian Scent

    Choke on a dick and die you stupid bitch.

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