News: "He's Worked His A** Off, So Why Are People Still Crucifying Him?"

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 3:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

London bred singer & raptress, Estelle, has offered her take on the inescapable controversy that surrounds Chris Brown after his publicized 2009 domestic dispute with ethen girlfriend Rihanna.

In Estelle's eyes, R&B crooner Chris Brown made a big mistake three years ago but should not be further penalized by critics.

"Parents, raise your kids. Young men and women, raise your kids. Don't let us raise your children. That's my take on it," she explains. "I respect him, I love him, he does amazing music, and has evolved. He's worked his a** off, so why are people still crucifying him? ... I just think people need to worry about their lives per say. Don't worry about who he's recording songs, who he's doing this with if you enjoy the music. A lot of the same people were two stepping to 'Look At Me Now,' so it's kind of like, keep your story straight or just don't judge. Roll with it or don't, but don't dip in and out. We all make mistakes. A sin is a sin is a sin. It's no big smoke, let the boy live. He does music." (VIBE)

This week, Rihanna admitted she was the one who initiated contact with Brown at a shot of collaborating with one another on a couple of tracks.

"I reached out to him about doing 'Birthday Cake' because [he was] the only person that really made sense to do the record -- just as a musician. Despite everything else, that was gonna be the person," RiRi said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. "You know, I thought about rappers, [but] the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track -- It was a tradeoff. We did two records -- one for my fans, one for his fans. That way, our fans could come together. There shouldn't be a divide. It's music and it's innocent." ("Ryan Seacrest")

Last month, actor Seth Rogen publicly took aim at Chris during the Spirit Awards.

This weekend, Seth Rogen joined the growing ranks of Chris Brown critics. Hosting the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (Feb. 25), the comedian was certainly riskier than Billy Crystal at last night's Oscars, the award show Rogen compared to the Grammys telecast two weeks ago. "You say a few hateful things, they don't let you within a few hundred yards of the Oscars," Rogen said, referring to Oscar producer Brett Ratner's firing over derogatory gay comments. "You can literally beat the sh*t out of a nominee and they'll ask you to perform twice at the Grammys," he said, referring to -- but of course -- Chris Brown. (Billboard)

A week prior to that, country star Miranda Lambert and professional wrestler CM Punk went at Breezy both through Twitter and once at Lambert's concert.

"I never intended to include Chris Brown's name in one of my tweets to start some sort of a controversy or gain publicity," Punk said in a video. "Now that he's thrown accusions my way about using steroids, I feel the need to reply. ... I don't hit women, period -- In my world, women are to be revered and respected and I firmly believe that in this life, there are consequences and repercussions for people's actions and I don't think Chris has paid for what he's done. ... So Chris wants to throw stones my way now, and I say that's fine, but put some gloves on and get in the ring. I will choke you out and I will make you feel as weak and as powerless and scared and alone as any woman who has had the misfortune of knowing a sad, cowardly little boy such as yourself." (TwitVid)

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