Sherri Shepherd Calls Chris Brown A “Role Model” For Abuse Victims
3:02 pm, February 14th | by Amy Tennery
As we mentioned yesterday, Chris Brown’s performance(s, plural) at the Grammys on Sunday stirred a bit of controversy. After all, the guy is still on probation for brutally beating one of nation’s most beloved pop stars just three years ago. Not a minor thing.
So it came as no surprise that the women of “The View” weighed in on the ensuing Brown controversy today. What was just a bit of a surprise, however, was when show co-host Sherri Shepherd described Chris Brown as a “role model” for abuse victims.
Shepherd noted that Brown had witnessed his mother’s physical abuse just six years before he, as a full police report noted, put then-girlfriend Rihanna in a chokehold that nearly caused her to pass out, after beating her with his fists and threatening to kill her.
Shepherd’s point was that victims of physical abuse in childhood (like Brown) are more likely to become perpetrators of violence themselves later in life (and there is some research to back up this assertion). She went on to argue that, as someone who survived a violent household, Brown is doing what he can to make amends:
“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… 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.”
Yes, he is doing what the courts have told him to. And that’s great. But isn’t there a difference between “role model” and “doing the bare minimum?”
This is the same person who (just last year) threw a chair through a window after a “Good Morning America” appearance because show co-host Robin Roberts asked him about the status of the restraining order against him (related to his attack on Rihanna). This is also the same person who sent an expletive-laden tirade out on Twitter about his altercation with Rihanna just a few months ago. That doesn’t seem like the behavior of a “role model.”