After similar sendups of R. Kelly, Tyler Perry, and Usher, some found the show, now without its creator, Aaron McGruder, a touch warmed-over. Huey Freeman, who serves as the show’s conscience, and his younger brother Riley, its id, were also largely absent.
The shots at Brown, 24, who is also commonly known as Breezy, dominated the online conversation surrounding the show Monday night, and it appears we may have finally reached the saturation point when it comes to making fun of the singer and his notorious temper.
The laughs were still there, but they were marked by a level of unease. Some were unhappy that the show depicted domestic violence without really offering any commentary on it other than, “women are stupid.” At one point, Flizzy turns to his attorney, Tom, who has agreed to let Flizzy save his marriage. “A woman hates to be bored, Tom,” Flizzy says. “They hate to be bored. A woman would rather be with a guy that beats them to death than bores them to death.”
There’s a distinction to be made between excusing Brown’s behavior (saying Rihanna must have provoked him, dismissing West Indian women as crazy or hot-tempered, other various forms of victim-blaming) and offering a modicum of context: Brown lost his virginity when he was 8 years old, an age at which no child is considered capable of giving consent. He grew up seeing his stepfather abuse his mother (Rihanna has also said that she grew up with an abusive father) and there are mounds of evidence that suggest that domestic violence is cyclical and that without some sort of intervention, many children who are exposed to it grow up to be adults who reenact it. And Brown has been diagnosed with not one, but two serious mental illnesses, the sort that cannot be mended with a Xanax prescription and a slap on the rear. He’s a micro-economy. Brown is surrounded by people, some of whom are likely enablers, whose financial health depends on his commercial success. If, with all of this baggage, he’s still a bankable artist, what’s the point of taking months, possibly even a year or more, from recording, touring, and promoting, to “fix him?”
Unlike Flizzy, Brown’s transgressions aren’t just an act: Brown will be on trial Wednesday thanks to a simple misdemeanor charge stemming from a 2013 incident outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. His body guard was already convicted Monday.