If Chris Brown quits music, can he take these folks with him?
The consequences of Chris Brown’s bad boy behavior seem to be getting to him. He’s threatening to take his toys and go home. Even a casual observer of young talent will note that very few have the maturity, ability and support network to survive the scrutiny of superstardom. We think it’s a brilliant idea for Brown to go away and grow up a bit. Here are a few other young'uns he can take with him.
Chris Brown is a textbook example of a young talent who couldn’t handle the fame and the trappings that come with it (no judgment — being a teenager is hard enough without America watching). Young adults are seduced by the wealth and attention that come with their talent, but lack the maturity (and as we see in the case of young stars like Lindsay Lohan, the support) to handle the ugly side of fame.
Brown proved this with his recent revealing tweet that stated, "Being famous is amazing when it's for ur music and talent. I'm tired of being famous for a mistake I made when i was 18. I'm cool & over it!"
There is a startling lack of accountability in this statement, because the mistake he made when he was 18 (assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna) isn’t why he is one of music’s most loathed individuals. It’s because he continued to behave like a punk with traffic violations, hostile social media interactions, fistfights and riling the neighbors with obnoxious graffiti on his property that people have a problem with.
Playing the professional victim demonstrates a lack of maturity. Brown should quit music for a while, go away, grow up and come back. He should also take Rihanna, who’s also become known for her attention-getting stunts, and these other young talents with him.
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Please, Chris Brown, if you ever do anything for your fellow man, let it be that you invite Justin Bieber on your musical hiatus. Again, Bieber is incredibly talented at what he does, but he’s on everyone’s last nerve with his spoiled brat behavior. Even Mark Wahlberg has had enough, reportedly telling The Sun, "Be a nice boy, pull your trousers up, make your mom proud and stop smoking weed, you little bastard." We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Bieber is brilliant at making pop music that makes tween girls lose their heads, and his managers are great at promoting him like he is Apple’s latest creation. The Biebs has proven time and again that he lacks the maturity for such abundant adoration, and should go away for a bit to clear his head.
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To every ying there is a yang, and Miley Cyrus is rapidly becoming the female Justin Bieber. Cyrus has been in the spotlight since she was Walt Disney’s Hannah Montana, and lately has been doing everything but adult films to prove she’s no longer a child. We get it. Put your clothes on, put your tongue back in your mouth, and go home. There’s a fine line between proving a point and alienating your fans.
Like the others, Cyrus is good at what she does and produces music we like to listen to. Her brat anthem, "We Can’t Stop," (which essentially tells everyone she’s going to do whatever she wants and if you don’t like it, you can get bent) is a catchy song. But she had to take it to another level with a video that has her making out with a blowup doll in a pool and writhing around with her a** in the air. Her "look at me!" behavior shows a childlike thirst for attention. Cyrus, Brown, Rihanna and The Biebs should take refuge on a deserted island. The music industry would be just fine without them for a couple years, and when they come back they can all do an album together that will blow us all away.
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Kanye West is another young talent who never really learned how to behave and whose ego is out of control. He told W magazine, "My ego is my drug. My drug is, "I'm better than all you other motherf***ers. Kiss my a**!'" Um, OK. No confidence issues there.
After naming his daughter with Kim Kardashian North West (as if his newborn were a compass reading) the rapper with the God complex has been caught on film more than once freaking out on photographers. It has to be frustrating to have a camera up your nose every time you turn around, but West sort of signed up for that when he decided to date the most photographed woman on the planet. Celebrities who are far more famous than West, like Beyoncé and Brad Pitt, handle the same scrutiny with grace. West’s lack of discipline speaks to his arrested development. Maybe he can take his family to some place where he and his daughter can grow up together.