Well I’m going to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon and comment on the recent situation with Chris Brown. I was actually watching the interview that sparked all of the controversy and I could tell he was upset after wards by the way he performed. It made for a great, high energy performance but I wasn’t entirely surprised when I heard what happened after the performance.
I also watched his “explanation” on 106 and Park a day or so later. As I watched the fallout from his latest outburst, I couldn’t help but wonder where his mother was or some type of older mentor like person. While some people may consider Chris Brown a man, he still has a lot of growing to do. Yes the thing with Rhianna happened two years (or so) ago, but it happened and it got a lot of attention at the time. It is understandable for him to still be bothered by questions about it, it is not understandable for him to get upset and throw things when he gets those questions. Personally, I think it’s time for someone close to Chris Brown to have a “come to Jesus” talk with him and truly level with him. If he wants to continue to work in the field of entertainment, he must be prepared to take full responsibility for his actions at all times; even when his actions happened years prior. It’s the nature of the beast. If you can’t deal with it, change careers.
But on the other hand, I was appalled at his lack of preparedness for the interview. I was annoyed at how he obviously became upset at the line of questioning and seemed entirely unable to handle it like a gentleman. I blame his team. His manager, publicist, agent and anyone else who works with him in an advisory capacity should be either fired or put on notice. He needs to get into an intensive media training program ASAP. During that time, he shouldn’t do any interviews until he is prepared to handle them professionally. While he’s being trained for media appearances, he also needs to be in therapy to work through what happened and what is happening in his life.
I think anyone who manages creative enterprises where there are artsy individuals who will be speaking to media should make it a point to get media training for that individual. I’ve seen it offered as a service for corporate professionals and representatives of major companies, but it isn’t often offered for creative types. I find this sad because those types tend to be thrust into the limelight in a much more intrusive fashion than corporate types and they are usually sorely unprepared. These people need media training from the start of their career. They need to have an understanding of the role of media and also of their role in addressing the media.
The media is never wrong for doing their job be it asking salacious personal questions or talking about your latest creative endeavor. It is your job as the representative of your brand to manage the message. If you cannot manage that message on your own, it is absolutely necessary that you hire a professional to ensure that it is properly managed.