Real People Speak on Chris Brown & Rihanna

Real People Speak on Chris Brown & Rihanna
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 11, 2009

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“(If he did it), I think it’s awful. It is ashamed. When I look at him I think this is a celebrity who is going to be a role-model for our young men and he really messed it up.”

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Details on the Chris Brown and Rihanna episode continue to come to light. Now Brown recently released a statement saying he was remorseful about what transpired but cautioned anyone from believing rumors. For example, the reports about Brown releasing a statement in face book was a fake. Brown, 19 was arrested and released on bail the night of the Grammys for suspicion of a criminal threat, after an altercation between the young couple. Police are still investigating as both parties cooperate, and Brown has not been charged with a crime. ESSENCE.com wanted your thoughts on the saga as we hit the streets to see what the people are saying. Keep reading and clicking above and then post your thoughts.

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The Chris Brown and Rihanna mess is all the buzz right now. While Brown, 19 was arrested on Sunday for suspicion of a criminal threat and police are still investigating whether a battery took place, he has not been charged with a crime. ESSENCE.com wanted to hear what you thought about the situation. We hit the streets to find out what everyday people are saying. Keep reading and clicking above and then tell us your thoughts.

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“I’m not really too much of a media person. I just heard a little about it. I think it’s pretty crazy, you wouldn’t expect something like that from Chris Brown, but I really don’t know what the whole story is, so I can’t really take sides.”

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“(If he did it) it’s a mess. It’s a total mess. They both are young. But for me, no man should ever put his hand on a woman.”

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“I feel that’s a terrible situation. (If he did it) I really believe that he needs to do some soul searching because putting your hands on a woman, that’s not good.”

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“I think his career is pretty much over. And it’s so sad. I mean it’s crazy that he would do something like that.”

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“(If true) it’s unfortunate that a situation like that could happen. My prayers are out to Rhianna. And sadly Chris Brown could be a product of his environment.”

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“I think it’s awful. I was shocked when I read it. I’m guessing it could be true because some articles were saying that she was covering it up as a car accident. But I don’t know.”

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“I don’t know the true story. All I know is that he got arrested and he supposedly did something to her. But it’s messed up if he did hit her. No man should put his hand on a woman, if it is true.”

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“I think it’s unfortunate and I hope it’s not true. I feel the media is trying to create a diversion focusing away from the economy and what’s going on now.”

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“I think it was wrong for people to just put out these allegations and different stories because nothing was actually checked yet.”

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“It’s not cool. They are 19 and 20 and they took on the responsibilities. I don’t even care if a woman hits you. It’s just not cool to hit back.”

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“It’s a sad situation. And if he did it he should pay for it.”

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“I hate it. A man should not put his hands on a woman. If he has a mother and maybe sisters, he should respect a woman. It’s terrible and for so young—it’s disgusting.”

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“Well, she chose him and he chose her. And that’s my comment with any couple that has a problem. They chose each other and they can ‘un-choose’ each other."

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“If this is true, I don’t know what was on his mind. I went through trials and tribulations with my wife but never put my hands on her. That’s a no, no, because you go straight to jail.”

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