Is Talent an Excuse for Bad Behavior?

Yeah, you smile with that puppy and hope that fixes your image.

As we all know all too well, back in 2009, Chris Brown assaulted his girlfriend and put a major halt on his career. Now, 2 years later, Rihanna has moved on… but Chris Brown has not.
Chris “beat her down” Brown made a huge mistake when he beat up Rihanna, not only professionally, but as a person. Now, two years later, Brown is not too thrilled that his “mishap” is still bringing him down. He claims he has made numerous public apologies, but still doesn’t feel like this “mishap” is going away. It should be noted, however, that throughout his so-called “apologies,” he blames other people for his negative image and failing career, never actually taking the blame himself. Whose fists were used in that fight, Chris? Just curious.
It’s a sad story. I mean, Chris Brown is incredibly talented. I even still find myself rocking out to Forever and No Air. But is his talent reason enough to not hold him accountable for what he did? Should we really be blamed for turning our backs on someone who did something so horrible just because he’s got a good voice and some sick dance moves?
The same question can be asked about John Galliano, head designer for Dior, who had a little (well, actually a freaking HUGE) “mishap” of his own. A video was leaked of Galliano being openly and aggressively anti-Semitic, which ultimately led to his dismissal from one of the most notable fashion houses in the world. His words offended many, including Natalie Portman who spoke out against him.
But surprisingly, people are taking his side, claiming “he was being theatrical” and that the hateful rant should not lead to the dismissal of such a talented visionary.
It’s shocking and infuriating. Just because the guy can tailor a dress perfectly does not mean he doesn’t have to be held accountable for such poor and disgusting behavior. Why should we let him off the hook for saying such hateful and ignorant things? And why should Chris Brown be surprised that his career isn’t taking off and that people don’t want to support him any longer?
You messed up, dude, not us.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the best dancer in the world, the most respected fashion designer, or just a random person on the street, if you do something wrong, you have to pay for it.

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