Sherri Shepherd has not been shy about defending Chris Brown before, which is why we were happy during Tuesday’s (Feb. 14) Hot Topics segment on “The View” when the talk show co-host takes on the misguided teenage girls who tweeted during the Grammys about how they’d, like, totally let Brown beat them since he’s so cute and all.
Unfortunately, while encouraging these girls to get some more self-respect instead of crushing our souls by not realizing the enormity of domestic violence, she defends Brown again.
“I’ve defended Chris Brown and said that I thought he deserved another chance. I still do think he deserves another chance — we shouldn’t just throw him out because of one mistake and it’s over. But these girls, it concerns me more than Chris Brown — it’s deeper,” Shepherd says. “[It’s about] your self-worth: what do you think you’re worth? Either A) you’ve been in this situation and it’s not bothering you, or B) you’ve never been in this situation and you don’t understand what it feels like to be punched in the face.”
A valid point, yes, but Elisabeth Hasselbeck points out that it seems a little hypocritical to let Brown off the hook while making said point. “I think it’s interesting to be so loose on Chris Brown,” she says. “If it was your daughter, I don’t think you’d be saying it.”
Shepherd tries to explain why Brown can actually be seen as a role model, but we’re not buying it. “There may be a child in a situation of going through abuse that Chris Brown has gone through. His mother was abused right in front of his very eyes six years before this happened to Rihanna. He used to wet his pants from the fear,” Shepherd says. “He was a victim! He became an offender. He did what the courts told him to do. He went to 52 weeks, a year of domestic prevention counseling.”
These are all facts, but what Shepherd fails to mention is the complete and utter lack of responsibility Brown has taken for the whole situation. Between the behind-the-scenes blowups at morning shows and complete and utter lack of remorse over the whole situation, we’re not sure he actually learned his lesson. While he may not lash out physically at a woman again, it doesn’t seem that Brown understands why he was so wrong.
We believe in rehabilitation, but just because Brown has gone through the motions doesn’t mean he’s reformed. He’s going to have to do a lot more to prove himself worthy of our respect again. We hope Rihanna, who has reportedly been spending time with her ex, stops to think about all this too.