With Rick Santorum’s candidacy creating a heightened discussion of social issues and values in the country, our eyes once again turn to the entertainment industry … groan.
Earlier this month, convicted felon Chris Brown was embraced by the entertainment community, performing at the Grammy’s three years after he brutally beat his then-girlfriend, recording superstar Rihanna, to a pulp. (Keep in mind, this is the same entertainment community that gave child rapist Roman Polanski a standing ovation at the 2002 Oscars.)
Brown not only performed twice to rousing applause but also took home one of the night’s prizes. What kind of message this sends to the millions – including children and teens – is anyone’s guess. Opinions on the issue vary greatly.
Controversy erupted when it was announced this week Rihanna would musically collaborate with Brown for a fresh remix. The news inspired WWE Champion CM Punk (a.k.a. Philip Brooks) to Tweet:
Brown shot back, in a subsequently-deleted Tweet: “@CMpunk needs more followers. He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids hes on has made it utterly impossible for him pleasure a women.”
Considering CM Punk is a lifelong straight-edge (someone who does not do drugs nor drink – indeed, Punk has the phrase tattooed across his stomach), Brown’s PR and legal team probably suggested to Brown that publicly calling CMPunk a drug user, a Tweet viewable to anyone online not to mention Brown’s 8 million + Twitter followers, was not the brightest idea.
On Tuesday, CM Punk posted a quick video response to Brown which quickly went viral:
Brown posted several additional Tweets (also subsequently deleted), including: “@cmpunk the video u just posted was cute! It’s so funny how defensive u are … And the fact that I really don’t know who you are and could give a [expletive] is the funny part! I really hope this 15 minutes of fame is paying you for the long run becuz music last forever! Wrestlers come and go according to ratings!”
What do you think, Big Hollywood readers?