If there was any hope for Chris Brown to win the hearts of the public over after the last five years, he made sure nobody will ever sympathize for him again in the new documentary, “Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life.” The artist has dug himself into a hole with his ignorant, self-centered personality that blossoms in this documentary.
“Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life” was released on Netflix in June as an effort to change the persona the media had created for Brown.
After being discovered by Hitmission Records at the age of 13, Brown grew up in the spotlight, a lifestyle that has broken down artists like Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber. Blaming his father’s absence in his life and overnight success, Brown shows not everybody can be redeemed by repeatedly breaking laws.
Numerous celebrities in the documentary, including Jennifer Lopez and Jamie Foxx, say Brown is one of the better songwriters in the industry, but he is known primarily for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Even after his account of the night, he still seems like the attacker in the situation, despite trying to make himself the victim.
After Rihanna believed Brown was talking with another woman years earlier before dating her, Brown denied it, only to tell the truth the week he hit Rihanna. According to Brown, they were in his Lamborghini when Rihanna was allegedly scratching Brown and trying to grab his phone to throw it out the window. Admitting this was not the first time the two were physical, Brown punched her in the face.
Though Brown said he did not mean to hurt her, his statement sounded like his biggest regret of the situation was the media found out.
In his explanation, he spent more time blaming others than showing people how he has grown as a person. As one of the biggest names in music at the time, his reputation was destroyed after the pictures of Rihanna’s bruised face surfaced.
Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of his downward spiral.
Instead of the situation becoming a moment to reevaluate his life, Brown ended up in court three more times for separate occurrences until he was sentenced to jail for three months.
Overall, his account of the night felt unrealistic. In fact, Brown said he has tried to contact Rihanna multiple times, something most would not do in a situation if the victim actually exaggerated the facts of the night that led to a worldwide shaming.
If anything, the documentary justifies people’s hatred for the 28-year-old singer. He blames others for his mistakes, believing the world owes him something because he is a celebrity.
One example was when he discussed his time in a California jail. He tries to get viewers to empathize with him because there was not a section in jail for celebrities and wealthy people.
“For me, certain jails that I went in didn’t have isolation for, you know, high class or whatever it is . . .” Brown said.
Brown tries to convince the audience he is not the monster the media has portrayed him as, but he uses weak excuses to rationalize his actions.
Although the documentary and multiple celebrities who spoke well on his behalf tried to portray Brown as worthy of redemption, it was easy to see the truth.
Ultimately, this documentary will affect the album sales of his upcoming record “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” — just not in the direction he was hoping.