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June 28th, 2010
07:31 AM ET

Chris Brown Breaks Down at BET Awards

Last night on the BET awards Chris Brown was finally able to pay tribute to his idol Michael Jackson. He showed off his best Michael Jackson dance moves to a medley of the King of Pop’s greatest hits. To wrap it all up Brown began to sing “Man in the Mirror”. Only after a few seconds he broke down crying and couldn’t bring himself to finish the song. Brown, who’s 21 later returned to the stage later to apologize to fans. He said, "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise you."

This was Brown’s first major TV performance since he pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna back in February 2009.

So this got us wondering… do you think Brown’s tears were truly pure emotion or fake? Weigh in and let us know what you think. We’ll read your posts in the 10am hour.

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  1. Terrea

    No, emotions like those can not be faked I honestly believe he was sincere. Great performance

    June 28, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  2. Abrianna Stubblefield

    that was one of the most sincerest moments i have seen. that is wrong to say he wasnt being genuine. he left his heart out there on the stage. he apologized and i truly believe he is sorry for what he did. we still love you chris!!!!.....from a true fan.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  3. tmnola

    Chris Brown sounded great singing "The Way You Make Me Feel" and his dancing was superb. I wish he could have managed his emotions to where he could have sung "Man in the Mirror" but I think his performance was wonderful and memorable.

    To answer the question of was his tears real..Chris and Jamie Foxx were supposed to meet MJ on the day of his death to see the rehearsals of MJ's "This Is It" concert but while en route to see him they were notified that he was still at home and wasn't ready. On Chris' 18th birthday, MJ called him to wish him happy birthday and MJ openly said that Chris Brown was one of his favorite new generation artists. So Chris has some type of personal relationship w/ MJ. I think the tears were a mixture of sorrow of losing Mike and being emotionally overcome w/ his own personal feelings.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  4. Kenya

    Rhianna and Chris have moved on from the past and the media should follow their lead by finding new material to focus on when it comes to Chris. How long does he have to pay? Is the rest of his life good enough? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". No man or woman is perfect and we all make mistake but we learn from them and move on; that is what growing as a person is all about. His performance was wonderful! I was waiting for this since Michael passed away. Nobody could do it better than Chris. He is starting with the man in the mirror. Everyone has something they need to work on with the man in the mirror. Congratulate Chris! Move on with your day because Rhianna has moved forward.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  5. marlene coss

    Why would he fake cry? As I watched him perform I said to myself "he must feel so honored to do this he's always wanted 2 perform a tribute to MJ". I feel it came str8 from his heart! He loves michael and it was a great honor to him! I don't believe it was fake at all!

    June 28, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  6. letty douglas

    There was something truly genuine about that moment; Brown had a lot of emotional ties to that performance. He finally had his moment on stage to express to the world how MJ influenced him, not to mention the obvious troubles he has endured since the "Rihanna" incident. Hell, I would have broke down to... "Man in the Mirror" who isn't moved by that song. All I have to say is if that was fake Chirs Brown I need to hire his advisers cause that man is BACK!

    June 28, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  7. Tay Diva

    Real... Duh. Chris Brown is GREAT! And he truly loved and idolized Michael Jackson. I am now a fan! And RIP to the King. I love you MJ!

    June 28, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  8. dun giggs

    he is sorry and we should all forgive him for waht he did every man makes mistakes it is only that he is in the limlit and he did real fine on stage it wasnt fake

    June 28, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  9. Sheila Socorro

    That was the best most sincere performance in history I believe. He was absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  10. samantha dorlus

    Chris Brown performance last was the best of the night and his ever. It was true emotions and I couldn't help cry with him. MJ is looking down and is very proud Chris didn't let him down. I've always been a fan and last night is exactly why I stay his fan. He is an amazing entertainer. Breezy back and better than ever.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  11. Pretty Upset

    You know what CNN, you guys are being very bias on this. All the media and front page coverage you gave the negative Chris and Rihanna situation but I had to type in Chris's name to get this mediocre at best story on something positive you all are trying to taint! First of all, let's set the record straight.......Chris Brown's tears were VERY real as he had a surreal moment in saluting his idol and singing a song that would make ANYONE self reflect on their own personal situations! On top of that, Chris Brown's performance on the BET awards last night was nothing less than PHENOMENAL!! There is no impersonator alive that can do it like Chris therefore, he deserves his recognition for at least that. What Chris did to Rihanna was very wrong but at the same time, it was last year, he has sincerely apologized to everyone including her, he is following his sentence as required, and he has done everything he can on his own to change the person that caused him to react out of anger. EVERYBODY makes mistakes but that doesn't mean you drag them threw the mud for life. Funny how you all harp on this but why don't we talk about the REAL issues and condemn/ convict the REAL criminals who is not apologetic for ANY of their actions of hurting, stealing, lying and killing innocent people starting with former President Bush!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  12. Lisa

    I don't think anyone except God, Chris and his PR people will ever know how much sincerity went into that performance last night.

    But, I do respect Chris's talent and that of his idol, MJ. And I believe that pretty much everyone deserves a chance to come back from the abyss. So, cheers for a great performance and best of luck to Chris in getting his life and promising career back on track.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  13. A. Torvikey

    I think the song served a double purpose for him. Considering the lyrics, it seemed like a mix of redemption and a reminder of the death of a man who helped to shape who he is as an entertainer. Who isn't moved by that song?? Add in a rocky year (death of MJ and his drama), stage, bright lights and adrenaline and that's what you get. He wasn't "performing" he was alive on stage and I commend him for putting that much into that performance.

    If Chris was making it "all about him" he would have used the spotlight to perform like he has never performed in his LIFE. If his emotions weren't genuine, he needs to drop singing and pursue acting.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  14. Arine Ward

    Just like in Politics...the Naysayers will have their "opinion"

    However...what we say last night, or if you didn't see it live, and saw the video...
    We saw "True Genius" Chris Brown no matter what his personal life obstacles...and I think people forget...It takes two...and she put her hands on him too...but to keep the course....

    Chris Brown exemplified the fortitude of pure "Genius" When Jermaine Jackson said himself, that he was grateful for all the tributes, etc...But you haven't "Seen The Tribute of All Tributes" that said A lot about what he set the stage for...and Chris Brown you rocked it and brought it home...

    I'm so proud of you! You allowed not the media, nor the fans that once followed you that left to form their own opinion to keep you down...You allowed the time, and space for redemptive measures....and just for you...Look how it was set up just for you...Michael Jackson, gave you the arena to show them..."Whose Bad" Much Love, and Respect to you!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  15. Matrice Andre

    Chris Brown Very sincere performance he poured his heart out to america Micheal Jackson was an icon for the world Chris Brown respects that and if any way can dance like Micheal it would be him we all make mistake but we learn from it no one's perfect the amercian people must move on as both sides have u can hold back the past just focus on the future and i thank BET for giving Chris that moment to shine we the fans may not ever get the oppurtunity to meet or see u in person but we solute u for ur remarkeable turn around we support u.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  16. Elissa

    I think you guys need to ask real questions about real news.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  17. Gary

    Chris Brown and Rihanna have moved past that you cant dwell on the issue for the rest of his life. What he did was wrong but you got to move pass it. I think he was genuine in crying maybe his idol was Michael Jackson and when he died it really got to him.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  18. Char

    YES! We are too forgiving to stars behaving badly. Witness Michael Jackson's canonization following his death, forgetting all the child molestation. Witness Mel Gibson's various melt-downs to the "little" people. Witness all the sports stars poor treatment of women...well you get the picture.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  19. Christy

    The only forgiveness Chris Brown needs is from God. If the rest of the world chooses to still judge him and not forgive him then they too will be judged.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  20. Wesley

    If you had seen the rest of the performance, it wasn't even about Brown's breakdown. When he came on stage last night, it could have been a resurrected MJ... we were reminded of the enormous talent we forgot about when his personal life became the focus.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  21. Petra

    Why would it be fake even this you guys trying to start something with my God...CB performance was the BEST and BIGGEST performance for the night i think that it was an extreamly sincere performance!!!! he is the closest thing to MJ and should be given the thumbs up for it....

    June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  22. Oscar


    Those who forgive attain peace in their hearts. Those who maintain a hold on regrettable events never learn about human nature and keep a remorse dwelling in their hearts.

    There are no degrees of mistakes. People change...

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  23. MissDenny

    I think Chris Brown was truly hurt by doing this perfomance. he looked up to Michael Jackson and for him to do this routine for him, i think he was truly hurt. yea, he did mess up BUT so what everyone makes mistakes.. I think his routine was GREAT and I will still be a fan of Chris Brown. He did a wonderful job and i could feel his pain.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  24. Stephanie King

    I think what Chris Brown did to Rianna was bad. I was beaten as well. But I think he has paid enough! I think it is time to forgive and I believe he was remorseful and sincere. Are we going to punish him for the rest of his life?

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  25. David

    Chris Brown said sorry. The apology was accecpted. Move on and let him live hislife. So he had a moment but you (media) has to take everything twist and bring back old memories. Report on the news and what is happening around the world and not when someone is crying on stage.
    If the two of them made amends then who are we to judge

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  26. Liliana

    No I do not think we are to forgivable. Chris Brown apologized for what he did. He may have not even done it because Rihanna was with another guy that was abusive. Maybe it was him, but Chris Brown took the fought for Rihanna's sake.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  27. Josh D

    I have been watching Chris's career over the years and has love for MJ's music is genuine. We all make mistakes and actors and musicians are no different.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  28. Calvin

    I am deeply annoyed at the pretense of Chris Brown. I could certainly think of another way to plead for the mercy of others than to jump on the bandwagon of goons who seek to USE Michael Jackson to their benefit. I'd rather see him in the same cell as Mr. Jackson's "Doctor".

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  29. jay

    Those tears had to be real. Simply for the fact that he was back doing what he loves most and the fans were back on his side. I'm sure he was overcome with the appreciation from the fans and he cracked. Great performance!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  30. Michelle

    I think it is time to leave Chris Brown alone. Yes we all make mistakes but in order to move on we have to forgive. There are people who have done far more worst and society has forgiven them. I also think everything hit him all at once. "Man in the Mirror" is a powerful song and every time I hear it, I get all teary eyed.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  31. Chandell Stone

    I by no means agree with Chris Brown's behavior. Domestic violence is an issue that needs to be taken seriously in this country. However I think its time that he got his life back. He has paid his debt to society, and we should move on. I don't think its fair that he be doomed for all eternity for making a mistake. After all, this is his livlihood. The man has to earn a living.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  32. Wanda W

    I thought that onver you serve your time for a are exhonerated. This is a young man who made a mistake. He paid his debt to society...what more do you blood sucking reporters want. Let him move past this. You all are not Jesus, so why are you still judging him? Let it go and find something else to talk about!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  33. Shirley

    There are a lot of men, who look to the sky, swear to God, get forgiven and then go home an beat their family members again, again, and again. Finally in some worse case they murder their families. I am sick of forgiving the so called "famous" people for being allowed to do as they please and then think, we should buy their records, and believe their lies. For me, stand in the mirror and see the true man, maybe then he might actual show or feel some emotion. No forgiveness from me, its time your 15 minutes of fame ended.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  34. Amanda -- Ontario Canada

    Don't know what to say about forgiveness since we all deserve forgiveness for our acts if we learn from them and if Rhianna forgives him after looking in the mirror I suppose it's her he should be asking for forgiveness to BUT for Chris Brown to use that time in front of millions and to use the very forgiving, loving and never would hurt anyone Michael Jackson's song he made famous as a way for people to think he's changed was totally wrong and that to me speaks volumes who Chris Brown really is. For those who cheered him on that night must not see through the reason for that "Show".

    Love that your speaking volumes on this, it does sicken me Michael Jackson was used in this way by a man who abused a woman.

    Peace, Love and Hugs

    June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  35. Angie Solomon

    It wasn't an apology for his actions. It was a reaction to a dead mans song.... Chris Brown is who he is and will always be the one that beat up a girl no matter how many tears he cries. Its God's fight with him, not ours. If you like him, you like him. If you don't like him, don't buy his music or tickets. Move along already.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  36. Katherine

    I in no way condone what happened with Chris Brown and Rihanna but I think that we should understand that we are all human and make mistakes. I thought his performance last night was breathtaking he has never made a secret of the influence that Michael had on his life and I believe that he truly broke down. Chris has paid and will continue to pay the price for what he has done but that should not diminish the fact that this young man has talent.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  37. Chris in Florida

    Enough. While the performance was probably genuine, the drama should be left off of the stage. Chris Brown is not the focus and we already know how embarrassed and sorry he is.

    Rihanna is the person who took the beating, and that is the only drama there really is.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  38. Anh

    I don't buy it. Once someone who abused another human being, he will do it again. He is not sorry, maybe feeling sorry for the time, but he will do it again, it's like an addiction.

    All that "Break Down" was for the show and to gain fame.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  39. sterling

    well,i think its important to forgive no matter who or what the situation is.I think its ashame when we cant forgive one another as Americans and as a people.what happened to the christian values.If rihanna cant forgive by now its time for soul searching

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  40. Jthomas

    Yes Chris Brown was surely feeling that song. Leave him alone. Rhianna has gotten over it, so should everybody else.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  41. Shawn

    I don't necessarily think his breakdown was fake, but I do believe that we are too quick to forgive celebrities sometimes. I read comments on Facebook after the performance that left me in total disbelief. Young women praising him and saying that they loved him and that he never let them down. The question is why are so many young women so eager to believe that Rihanna deserved what she got? Why are they so eager to forgive him so easily? I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but I will never look at Chris Brown the same way ever again. This is a sad commentary on how we are raising our young girls.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  42. amber

    Funny how he has that much emotion last night but was a complete robot during his "apology" after beating Rhianna to a pulp. Every time I almost feel bad for him, I remember the pictures of her after the attack. We all make mistakes, but Chris' main one seems to be his inability to have an emotional reaction when it is appropriate.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  43. b giusto

    the guy should be an actor instead of a singer. how stupid would you have to be to buy this act? he's trying to take care of his career and that is all this is about. no one should forget that this "sensitive" guy is actually a run of the mill woman abuser!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  44. Jasmine

    I did not tune into any other parts of the BET awards except for chris browns segment. I follow him on twitter so i assumed before hand judging on his tweets that he was going to perform. Everyone else i follow was tweeting about the BET awards. I have forgiven chris brown because in order to move on in life you have to forgive. However, I have not forgotten what happened; everyone goes thru horrible times in their lives and i have been a fan of chris brown since he first came out with "run it" and the way he can dance is jaw dropping. He looks up to micheal jackson and i do not believe his breakdown was fake at all. There were people across the world crying when micheal jackson died who for years had bashed him about the child molestation case(s) when they didn't personally know MJ. Chris brown is a winner to me and you have to forgive in order to forget. CB could have done something so much worse but he didn't. and he hasn't done the same since.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  45. Jacquelyn

    Kyra I thought that was tasteless what you just said about Rhiana. Why would you say a beatdown. She was abuse and the God I serve teaches us forgiveness and not to have hate in our heart. Chris will always have to live with what he has done. I think the breakdown on the BET awards was real, but you will never understand.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  46. Alicia

    See the media makes me upset at times you take everything out of perspective. Instead of paying attention to the tribute you are focused on the person paying tribute. The tribute was to Michael Jackson not Chris Brown. His music and dance was influence by Michael so why would you finger him out. Yes he has done wrong and was dead wrong but the tribute was for Michael not Chris so leave the boy alone and some of us didn't forget what he did. I know about domestic abuse I seen it as a child and it makes me mad as HELL.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  47. Joy

    Who are we (you included) to judge Chris Brown's quest for forgiveness? What happened with Rhianna was horrible. No one disputes that. It was a good performance, but his emotions didn't necessarily move me. But, I'm not the one who sits in judgment of his actions. Though not in the media, there is a such thing as forgiveness. Is CNN doing real news today or creating drama? I prefer news.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  48. gertty

    Give him a break Kyra.Why does the media always have to dredge up old muck.That was genuine emotion.I guess some of you non-MJ fans wouldn't understand because you would just want to dredge his muck up too.Move on Kyra and give us REAL news.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  49. Von

    Chris Brown is a young man and should be forgiven. Who are we not to forgive? We all have many faults. No one is perfect, no not one! As a huge fan of MJ, I believe his breakdown was very genuine. It’s sad that many can’t move on for one reason or another and forgive that young man!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  50. Tam

    Chris did a wonderful job and he even said sorry. He will be the new MJ only Chris can do it. CNN is givin Rep. Bryd praise and not talking too much about his KKK days than why keep brining up CB past. Double Standard huh.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  51. patrice edwards

    I beleive the Chris Brown performance,I think he was thinking about Micheal Jackson and also himself and his past trouble with Rhianna.I think we are so quick to judge and slow to forgive! I forgive Chris and I think he deserves a second chance!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  52. Kevin Hall

    I always think of the line from Paul Newmans movie "Hud " when the grandfather tells the grandson basically that are world changes dramatically by the people we choose to admire. Although none of us should admire " Hud " we could stand a few more Newmons in the world!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  53. Ken Hamlett

    Do we forgive too easily? Of course we do. No one accepts responsibility for any bad actions today. It is always the fault of my parents, my analyst, my teacher, society, etc., etc. Chris Brown is a marginally talented young man who was given a lot of advantage very early in his life, then threw it away. Of course, it was the fault of the man who abused his mother, according to Chris. He's no fool, though. He saw how the process worked for Michael Jackson. It is not even ironic that the girlfriend abuser "broke down" paying tribute to the man accused of abusing young boys (I know he was never convicted - he paid off the witnesses)! Will it work? Of course. Look at the people we celebrate today. They are never good solid people of accomplishment. They are almost always those who feed our never-ending appetite for scandal and bad behavior!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  54. Angelic

    Why is it that some people can not forgive? If god can do it so can we. Let's not dwell on something that god I believe has already forgiven Chris Brown for and start worrying about the real important issues like poverty and crime. Thank You!:)

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  55. Dave Xanatos

    I tend to be very suspicious of public displays of remorse when they "spontaneously arise" in a venue such as this. I hope for his own sake that the display was at least dramatization of a real awakening, if not the real thing. Forgiveness, however, is not absolving someone of responsibility for THEIR actions – it is about releasing OURSELVES from entanglement with their actions. Forgiveness is good, but forgetting is a different matter. One can forgive, but remain vigilant without prejudice.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  56. janet

    Is it really up to us to forgive Chris Brown? What happened was between him and Rihanna. It's time to let it go! He who is without sin cast the first stone (remember nobody threw a stone.)

    June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  57. elannoroosevelt

    Just like Jermaine Jackson said,"This is the tribute we have ALL been waiting for." Do your thing Chris, you have been forgiven by all those that matter. Dont listen to the naysayers or the haters. (We), Your fans LOVE you and support you.
    We know that you know you made a mistake, just like we all have and you have paid for it. Now just go on and continue to do what you love and are great at.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  58. Liz H.

    I do not believe in senseless violance against anyone. However I do believe that a person if they choose can truly changing. The proof comes with time and watching the choices they make with their lives. Only God can be the final judge.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  59. Jere S


    I believe he was long do a person have to ask for forgivenness before we forgive..or is it a life long sentence? God forgives, so why does man have a problem forgiving........

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  60. Belinda

    It amazes me that the media is unwilling to forgive or even give this man a second chance, but will continue to fawn over the likes of Charlie Sheen. Chris Brown was 19 when that episode occurred. Was he wrong, yes. Has he learned from it, most likely. Can you say the same about some of the repeat offenders that continue to get accolades, probably not!

    Michael Jackson was Chris Brown's IDOL. This was the first opportunity he was able to pay tribute to him. That moment was about Michael Jackson and for you to bring snide comments into it was very sad.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  61. Kathy

    I believe in giving people ONE second chance. However, bad behavior is becoming acceptable in the name of entertainment! "If you behave badly...we'll give you your own show!"
    Reality TV is a bunch of sad people looking for attention.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  62. rich

    how do you know he won' t do it again if given the chance? After everything that has happened in the world in the past few years do we really know people famous or not and can we really trustt the to be idols for are kids? I think everyone should really ask themselves that question?

    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  63. Melanie

    I personally watched that part of the award show and I could feel the sincerety in his tears. This is a young man who did a terrible, terrible thing. If Rihanna was able to forgive him, who are we not to forgive? Lord knows the media will never let him forget what he did. So sad.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  64. Huskerbuck

    The crowd sure was entertained ! And that's all it was – ENTERTAINMENT. In my opinion, this guy has his priorities mixed up. He became so "overcome with compassion" about another man losing his life yet I have yet to see (or hear of) that type of "compassion" regarding him physically harming another person. Those that believe his breakdown during this performance was genuine, also have their priorities mixed up. This was purely for entertainment and the crowd (and his fans) buy right into it.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  65. Liiz

    Why do people overlook what Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson etc.....have done to their partners whom are middle aged men and white but can't forgive this young black man?! I say leave this young man alone and get on with his life and career Life is to short for this biased hate.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  66. Eric

    Michael Jackson's death affected many of us. MJ was a major inspiration to Chris Brown and many pop stars today. I'm sure that a variety of things led to Brown's breakdown. The fact that it was his first appearance since his plead, that this past Friday marked the one year anniversary of MJ's death, and that the song he broke down to told him to look in the mirror and make a change to better the world. In my opinion, we shouldn't be questioning whether or not Brown's tears were real. Even if they were real, the violence against women that Brown displayed should not be forgotten.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  67. lreaves7903

    He have paid his debt to society and have moved on and got help. Just maybe he finally paid attention to the words at that moment while paying such a special tribute to MJ he just broke down. Don't forget the flaws we have and we are all human beings entitled to a mistake. Let's move on b/c we would want the same.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  68. Josh McGuire

    I'm not a fan of Chris Brown, or a fan of physical abuse. But you have to forgive someone for making a mistake, hey no one is perfect.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  69. kenya

    At last nights BET awards Chris Brown's performance was amazing. I understand that not too long ago in the news he was making headlines for abusing his girlfriend but that was in the past!! The breakdown in the performance last night could have been from a number of things but whatever it was it doesn't matter and he has the right to be emotional about his music, his career, and his life. I do not agree with the abuse but my question is don't we all deserve a second chance? Last night was his second chance and we should just respect that and let him have his moment.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  70. E. Melvin

    We preach in this country that every deserves a second chance yet we are quick to tag people with labels that will follow them everytime their name is mentioned on the news. Chris Brown, Michael Vick will never in some peoples eyes be sincere.We need to look in the mirror. How soon we forget the persons names who helped lead this country into the bad shape its in now.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  71. Tam

    He waited 1yr. to do this and did a great job. Wow!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  72. Sam Tellar

    It was a great performance, but that's exactly what it was, an actor's performance.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  73. Ron Harold

    Chris Brown is my hero: he proved to me that I can beat the crap out of my girlfriend, get no jail time and still be heralded as a musical hero.

    Brown was convicted of viciously beating "his girlfriend" but got only probation – no jail time! Now look how Brown is rewarded!

    Brown deserves no special attention or reward; it's disgusting how music promoters promote this violent criminal.

    Brown shouldn't be celebrated – he should have been incarcerated.

    And what kind of message does Brown's "no jail time" sentence send to other young guys buying his records and concert tickets?

    Appearing and performing on TV? Brown should be fighting over a single TV with his fellow violent offenders.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  74. Damon

    A Michael Jackson tribute seems like the perfect place for Chris Brown to make his come back. After all, the pop culture masses are more concerned about being entertained than whether or not the entertainer is a man who assaults women or one who molests children. If you can entertain us, then by all means beat and abuse. Just don't stop singing, or we won't forgive.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  75. Meagan

    Those were not no fake tears. That was emotion, Im sure he did not plan to go up there and cry in front of thousands of people. It doesnt matter what other people think, whether he was sincere or not is not going to determine your future so I dont know why people are so worried about it. Just leave it alone!!! And the thing with Rihanna is over rated-

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  76. Championgyrl

    It's time to move on, who cares what society thinks or has to say..Chris Brown has his own life to live, mistakes to make and hopefully learn from

    June 28, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  77. blake

    a kid repeatedly behaving badly is far different than a kid who made a SINGLE mistake. Everyone deserves a second chance, including Chris Brown. It's not as though he's like the Lohan's or Spear's of the world and their repeated transgressions. I teach my 9 yr old son that real men do not hit women, period! However, the first step to redemption is to acknowledge that you've done something wrong; which Chris Brown apparently does. Leave the kid alone, and let him move on with his life!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  78. Mrs. Edwards

    I feel that he is a young guy and he has received and completed all of the discipline actions that were given. He has showed that he is sorry. When growing up in a household where you see your parent get abuse everyday of your life, therefore you then think that this is how a relationship runs. Therefore I don't believe that we are too forgiving, and everyone is intitled to forgiviness.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  79. Antonio W.

    You know it's funny CNN. America isn't too "forgiving" when it came to Charlie Sheen, Chris Noth, and Roman Palansky, but when it comes to Chris Brown we are to always remember his very bad deed and keep it over his head for the rest of his life. We should all move on the way we and the media "moved" on after Charlie Sheen's bad deeds. Last I checked, he was in no way antagonized the way poor Chris Brown was, but I guess Sheen's and Brown's actions were somehow different in the media's eye.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  80. Ryshay

    Chris Brown and Rihanna has nothing to do if hes tearind a the b.e.t. awards and to sit here and say that his tear where fake and bring up the past is uncall for we all for gave him for that bad decision he made but why would he tear over her if that tribute was for micheal jackson i think for you to sit here on the news and say that his tear are fake or he was crying over rihanna which you dont even know why then why are you a new person

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  81. Lynda Clark

    Kyra, I don't buy it for a second. He can beat up a young woman he loves, but break down on stage for the audience? No, it was a stage act and nothing else. He needs to find a better way to improve his image.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  82. Sarah Wilson

    Overall as a society, we are far too forgiving of celebrities who do "bad things". We like to think that because someone is talented or famous, they are sincere when they apologize for things they do, or are accused of doing, wrong. We also like to think that because someone is talented or famous, we know them as people, and assume that they would never do bad things without being repentant to a certain point.

    So was Chris Brown sincere? Who knows, but it doesn't really matter. People will forgive him just becuase he displayed remorse, sincere or not. Just as we forgave Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and countless other celebrities for acts that would have condemned people much less famous or talented.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  83. robert

    i do not think he is real, once you cross the line, you cannot come back, he will do it again, no matter how much regrets he has and therapy, he already disrespected a woman, and he should not have the respect of no woman again. I'm a man 46 year old, i have a mother and two sisters, this alone should be an incentive to not raise your hand on a child or woman. He should never be given a chance by a woman. Cause hes like a molester to me. they never stop

    June 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  84. Thomas

    I must agree with Pretty Upset, it does seem that CNN will take to task bad boy behavior far more often than bad girl behavior (if ever; please cite if wrong). This double standard does give our young girls the impression that they can do just about anything, cry a little and be redeemed. Boys expect to be carted off to jail or continually scorned, as with Kyra's tone this morning.

    Wake up CNN; stop being sexists. Physical or emotional 'beat downs' are never acceptable from anyone.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  85. Tee

    I Think that he was very sincere about his performance and the emotions he had on the stage. What does the Rhianna and Chris Brown situation have to do with the right now situation and his performance. I love Chris Brown and I am a fan and always will be a fan. I think what was done in the pass should stay in the pass. Rhianna and talking smack so why are we. It was done and over with. Chris Brown did his thang and that's all that matter. We love you Chris....

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  86. Kyra T

    Would it really have mattered if Mr. Brown had or had not beaten up Rihanna? I think if I were an artist, and my idol who I'd looked up to for years died, I'd be in tears too. I see him as a more humble, caring Chris

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  87. Patrick

    alright Kyra, It is only important that Rihanna forgives him. Maybe we are too forgiving but Chris brown has seen his career plummet since the beatdown. I, for one, can only hate for so long. I think Americans like to see TRUE REMORSE before forgiveness is extended and what I saw last night on the awards show looked like the real thing. Its time to acknowledge this young man made a serious mistake, he suffered condemnation and now we want to give him his second chance. I have seen domestic violence first hand and it happened over and over again before people changed. He made one serious mistake, he suffered for it and I think singing "Man in the mirror" brought it all flooding out last night. Lets embrace him and let him prove he really has changed.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  88. KaLeal

    I have not actually seen it, but I would say that he deserves a second chance.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  89. gloria

    ditto to Pretty Upset-also i dont appreciat how kyra posed the question with a sneer, should have stayed neutral

    June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  90. Elaine

    Give me a break ... are you and other news media persons going to forever introduce Chris Brown with the reminder of what happened between he and Rihanna before you get to the current news? The media does it happens ALL THE TIME . . . so how are people that have asked for forgiveness for their misjudgments suppose to move forward and be productive if the media continues to bring up the skeletons? A person payd for what they have done in many ways and then continually being reminded does not make matters better for anyone concerned. The public remembers what he has done so what is there to gain by being reminded everytime he is introduced. It just is not fair.

    The song "Man in the Mirror" along with Brown admiration for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, caused him to reflect on his own situation of being that man and having to look in the mirror at his ways and also dealing with grieving Jackson's passing. It was extremely emotional for anyone who cares.

    Rest the bad mouthing folks who want to try to do better after making a mistake. Haven't you ever made a mistake and wanted someone to forgive you? Or maybe you are perfect.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  91. Kysha

    Those emotions was very real. The performance effect him on two different levels. His life and the passing of Michael Jackson. So, I disagree with you when you say The country is too forgiving of people.....We can tell real emotions...and We also know its not right to continue to judge someone. I Love Chris Brown. That performance was AWESOME!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  92. chris from Ohio

    are you kidding, this is what you call news. 1 million families in this country lost their unemployment this week and nobody cares. Who cares if he was crying for real or not, it does not affect your life or anyone else's get on with real news.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  93. Pat Stratton

    Chris Brown's tears are a big "put on". He loves the attention and the applause during and after his performance and really gets into the whole scene. A performer at his best.
    Any time a man hits a woman, his wife, his girlfriend, a friend, whoever, he will do it again if provoked. It is unforgivable. It is a behaviour that needs to be understood and not taken lightly or forgiven. I don't understand the public's ability to forgive and forget such behaviour.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  94. Wilhelmina Sims

    I see a narcissistic Chris Brown singing and looking at "the man in the mirror" , himself, and he doesn't like the image.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  95. m. henshaw

    I am so sick of the news media trying to destroy the career of this young man. What he did

    June 28, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  96. Marshlli

    All I have to say is Pretty Upset hit it on the head and I couldn't agree more. This person is absolutely right in evey word typed on this blog. I am appalled at how CNN is trying to be so negative about it.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  97. James R.

    Time and commitment to change is what will determine his sincerity. Emotional responses are just that, emotion. And it was his inability to control his emotions that led to violence. But remember, he is young. People do make mistakes, and people do change. We shouldn't hold it against him for the rest of his life. He just must never hit anyone again for the rest of his life. There is no excuse for domestic violence!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  98. Lawrence Davies

    What have we become that we cannot forgive and forget like we did with Japan. We all talk of stars making mistakes and doing wrong like everyone, but we always avoid the talking about the mistakes we as a nation have done to other nations. Chris was performing and his emotions caught him by surprise and he was even unable to flow with the song(Man in the mirror). I think we as perfect people should all look at our selves in the mirror before condemning a young man who has fallen like us all. I think we should focus on the moment and show of what he was doing, his contribution and tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson. I think it is time we move on.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  99. K. Trent

    Chris must have loved that man as much as anyone, If not more. Despite his drama, tears like those can not be faked

    June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  100. Kenley /oins

    Kyra Chris Brown was 19yrs old when the incident between he and Rhianna occured. Though I do not condone his behavior,I as well as you and even Rhianna have forgiveness in your heart. Let's give Chris Brown the benifit of the doubt and let Rhianna forgive him it isn't up to you,let's error on the side of contrition and say yes he is sorry for what he did and the emotion and lyrics of man in the mirror got to him sincerely.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  101. Eddie

    I remember when he was arrested for his assult and everyone had something negative to say. Boycotting his albums & saying how he is such a D-Bag. Now all these people posting now (most likely the same who were bashing a year ago) are talking forgiveness. It takes a breakdown for you people to have a change of heart? 70-90% (rough estimate) of people who were judging and being hateful have NEVER been involved in any type of dometsic violence and they still spoke on an issue they had no idea about. Now look at them, praising Chris because he cried like a baby on TV.

    I have alway stood by the belief that he did a horrible thing, but should be forgiven. Rhianna moved on and so did he. Last night was nothing more than him being hit by the emotion of the moment. He is a very talented aritst and should be praised for his performance. CNN, stop bringing up what happened a year ago and let the guy enjoy his spotlight in a positive way. We've moved on and you telling us "Don't forget what he did a year ago." when it has no bearing on what happend last night is just s***ty on your part.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  102. violet omukubwa

    Having watched the entire BET AWARDS, it was very clear that Chris Brown's performance was the PEAK and the BEST moment!!!!.
    I accord Chris lots of love and respect for showing the entire world that irrespective of all odds, man can fall and get back on his feet stronger than before.
    His break down last night showed his love for Michael and what he really meant to him.

    People should let go the past and dwell with his current behavour.
    Come to think of it, Chris was voted the best by his do or dies funs the same night. So that tells how much he's still the genius, dancer and song writter Chris Brown!!! Kudos to Chris Brown

    June 28, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  103. Anthony Gipson

    As humans we all make mistakes, we learn from those mistakes as we grow in this game of life. Yes what he did is unacceptable and can not be tolerated, however we all deserve a second chance. We don't forget, but as a society we need to learn to forgive and move on, it's not like he committed murder. He has apologized many times for his mistake, why cant we get beyond this instead of talking about it like it happened yesterday? Who are we to judge anyone, that authority soley belongs to God.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  104. AW

    Chris Brown is the only artist today who can mimic a solid MJ performance and his talents, believe it or not, were truly missed during the past year's tributes to MJ. I think his emotions were real because MJ was his lifetime idol and the song "Man in the Mirror" was also fitting to CB's past life experiences and lessons learned. So the combination of the two broke CB down emotionally. It's been over a year since his big mistake and he has showed his remorse and has taken steps to overcome his issues–so why can't we and the media get past this too. NO ONE has lived their lives without making mistakes, we just cannot see or read about everyone's mistakes unlike celebrities and other famous people–so none of us should continue to punish this young artist for his. Let's finally move on from this and allow CB to rebuild his image and career going forward, because he cannot change the past.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  105. Ron Harold

    We're supposed to fawn and genuflect at the feet of a violent offender?

    Any woman who supports Chris Brown is a fool.

    It just goes to show you, the women who support Chris Brown support Brown because they like his looks.

    If he was fat and ugly would those swooning women still support him beating the holy crap out of his girlfriend?

    They don't give a crap how he viciously beat his girlfriend.

    They want a chance to be his girlfriend, because they think they can "handle him."

    Thank God most women would not support such a violent woman-beater such as Chris Brown under any circumstances.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  106. Megan Saksefski

    I believe Brown's emotion was real, but whether he is "sorry" or not is irrelevant. Yes everyone makes mistakes, but beating your girlfriend to a bloodied mess is not forgivable in such a small amount of time. Our society is far too forgiving of anyone in the spotlight. In all honesty, Chris Brown's career should be unsalvageable, no matter how "sorry" or "changed" he may be.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  107. Ryshay

    Chris Brown and Rihanna has nothing to do with him tearing a the b.e.t. awards and to sit here and say that his tear where fake and bring up the past is uncall for we all have for gave him for that bad decision he made but why would he tear be over rihanna if that tribute was for micheal jackson i think for you to sit here on the news and say that his tear are fake or he was crying over rihanna which you dont even know why then why are you a new reporter isn't it your job to get to the fact so get to the cnn dum for let her sit on the news and say this

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  108. felicity breeze

    I love chris brown see on tv that he was really really cryin that a real cry

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  109. Lucas BN

    It is sad how in today's society we have to dwell on the negatives; blinding us all to the positive. Life is full a failures and mistakes, when people are willing to admit they were wrong and want to change why must we hold them back and keep dwelling on the mistakes. Life is about forgiveness, let us forgive those who deserve it.
    Chris Brown's tears were real, you can't fake emotions like that. (and if they were fake give the man an Oscar!) It seems as though Chris has taken a lesson from Michael Jackson's lyrics and is making a change. "if you want to make the world a better place, take a look in the mirror and make that change." Now is not a time we should be judging Chris, but a time to support his new way, his new life and his new mature understanding of the world around him.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  110. Tanya

    Chris Brown has been punished enough it's time to move on, and forgive. Let's stay on BP with this oil coming out the Gulf.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  111. P. Stokes

    I am a fifty year old woman that for the first time in my life I really felt compelled to respond to any topic in this matter. Why do our media feel so compelled to make everything such a hot topic? I saw the performance, it was good and why take away only negative issues from it. I felt a lot of emotion, for Chris, Micheal and myself. We all need to look in the mirror.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  112. Athena Wagner

    Chris Brown on the BET awards:
    We, his people, his fans are all aware of his troubles last year, so your cynical reminder of that incident won't change one thing.......Regarding those of us that have forgiven him, it's a done deal.....I can't speak for anyone else........Chris is a young man in his 20s who made a terrible mistake and has apologized numerous times for it and I think it fair to guestimate that you are slightly older than that......How many times in your life have you been forgiven? ........Respectfully submitted,
    Athena Wagner ( Connecticut )

    June 28, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  113. Darla

    Charlie Sheen charged with domestic abuse right back to work
    Chris Brown charged with domestic abuse and now is the question of the day. I think that the North Texas University needs to do a study of media coverage of women and minorities.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  114. Jen

    I will add, give the man a break. He's entitled to mistakes and everyone should be big enough to forgive. At best, leave the forgiveness to those involved. Chris owes you and me nothing.

    I find this question and the presentation on CNN as vicious and mean-spirited. Kyra, please stick to trying to be a real journalist and possibly of real use to the public. If your mangers are making you descend to these lows, then it is time for you journalist to push back on the crap you're feeding the public. Jobs are hard to come by, but we shouldn't be willing to loose our dignity to keep one or to get one.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  115. andrew

    This is my first time leaving a post on CNN, but I felt very moved to do so from just watching your comments on different stories this morning and based on your comments regarding Chris Brown's performance. Kyra, I dont know if you've been told this before, but you come off very anti-male in your attempts to be pro-women. I believe in equality in every sense of he word, and I also believe in redemption and second chances. No one was born on this earth knowing everything, and knowing how to handle every situation perfectly. Now lets be clear, Chris Brown was wrong when he hit that woman. But lets also remember that we have a judicial system that imposed a sentence which Brown carried out. This is called "paying your debt to society". Its what we as a society have determined is adequate punishment for what he did. He also had to do so in the extremely critical public light, and will surely be under the microscope for every little parking ticket he gets from here on out. Should he not be given a chance to live what surely wont be an all the way back to normal life?!? The man has had to withstand public shame and ridicule, not to mention the personal shame he has to live with every day.

    I personally think his performance was spectacular! And his break-down sincere. Lets move on from the past act – he surely has paid his debt in the most public of ways.

    Live your life Chris!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  116. marsano

    i just don't understand why why people always focus on the negative. Chris Brown made a mistake, he is not the first guy to beat up his girlfriend & won't be the last. Who have not done something that they will regret in the heat of the moment. No one is perfect, not even you guys at CNN, you have skeletons too, so please stop acting like you are a mistake free human & leave Chis alone. His emotion was very real, he addressed his fans & that's all that count to me. So with that being said, CNN stop being a Chris Brown hater & trying to taint his moment. Please!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  117. LEE

    I believe God forgave all that is living. He said we all have sin. Done something wrong in our lives. And most are still doing it. I know god has forgave him and I am not the one who should be the judge. I believe his emotion was pure because if you think back like i know he was. You would cry too. Forgive and forget. Remember if you don't forgive the one who sin against you. Don't look to get in Heaven. The true saying of God.( PURE is my answer)...

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  118. Ron Harold

    I love Michael Jackson. The last thing I wanted to see was violent offender Brown on TV, much less crying over Michael Jackson.

    I really believe Michael Jackson himself would NOT want violent offender Brown appearing on TV to cry for Michael.

    Michael Jackson abhorred violence, much less violent offenders who severely and viciously beat a woman.

    The idiots who decided to let Brown appear to "pay his respects" for Michael Jackson are morons of the highest order.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  119. Sharron

    It is not fot us to decide whether Chris Brown's tears were real or face. Frankly I think you took one element of the tribute and the overall message out of context.

    I have been an MJ/J5 fan for 40 years, and loved the concept of Jermaine introducing Chris Brown. There is no confusion about the outcome of the encounter before the 2009 Grammy awards program, but last night's performance was about paying homage to a man and his message along with passing the torch to a new generation. Chris Brown's dance performance was incredible. and his first costume brought back memories of MJ's 1988 Grammy performance when he was also very emotional once he sang "Man in the Mirror," and Brown's second costume invoked memories of MJ's 83 performance at Motown 25 when he also rocked the house. "Man in the Mirror" is my all time favorite MJ song, because it's primarily him singing with few special effects; but that's the very feature that makes it a hard song for anyone to sing, which is probably why no one sang it at his public memorial service."

    There is something between forgetting and condoning bad behavior. It's called forgiveness. Yes the young man made a mistake, he's a person. We won't forget what happened, but as Prince said when he received his LIFETIME achievement award later during the program, we will make mistakes as young people. He implored the young people not to make the same mistakes he made as a young performer but said twice the future is in good hands. The 24-hr news cycle makes you search for the story harder than news programs looked for stories during the 1970s and 1980s, but these performers are also human beings subject to make mistakes.

    Marvin Gaye was purportedly guilty of similar mistakes to Chris Brown's during the 1960s or 1970s, but that didn't really change the way people responded to his music. There are professional athletes who commit the same atrocities and they take the field or court every game with minimal "chatter" from the media.

    Krya, let it be. Chris Brown's dance performance on the 2010 BET Awards show was phenomenal. Leave him ALONE!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  120. ??????????????

    He's back!!! Never believed Rihanna anyway.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  121. Heather Fletcher

    Kyra, Honestly I couldn't name a single one of Chris Brown's songs and wouldn't know him if I saw him on the street. However, considering the abuse charges he has faced maybe Jackson's lyrics caused him to think about his own personal failures. Maybe he needs to ask HIS man in the mirror to change. Violence and it's acceptance by the American public in regard to pop stars is apalling.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  122. KevinK

    Chris Brown isn't perfect, neither was Michael Jackson.We need to forgive but not forget what Chris Brown has done. Even though it wasn't the greatest performance I believe that it came from the heart. Michael would have loved the tribute.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  123. Juanita

    I think that Chris understands the impact of his domestic abuse and any person who loves Michael Jackson can relate to the inner pain of his death. We (Americans) are a forgiving Nation. If we can forgive our political officials for what they have done, while in office, why not forgive Chris. He cried for Michael and probably for the chance to perform again.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  124. Kyra S.

    If the only reason Chris is recieving mixed feedback for his performance last night is because of his battery charges sprung from last year, I think we all were reassured that he didn't let it impact the way he felt about the King of Pop. That shows Michael's genious. He showed all of us that one common bond could bring all people together. Last night, it happened to be Chris. Long live the King

    June 28, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  125. reketta

    i think he did such a phenomonal job, standing ovations to him for making the jackson proud of the work and people mj inspired! What true talent. I think chris payed his dues when he apologized and did his community service and rhianna is not so innocent either! Let the past be the past and move on, i mean seriously God forgave him just like he forgave the people that crucified him. So who are we to hold a grudge and cast blame! Let it go and lets move forward!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  126. Shug

    Why does the media never let a black man live anything down. He and Rihanna are past the incident. He has apologized and shown true remorse. I remember Sean Connery telling Barbara Walters that men should hit their wives. Never hear about that anymore. How about the rapist Marv Albert. Woody Allen sleeping with and marrying his daughter. How about your new host Spitzer, is he faking his remorse. I can go on and on, but his emotions were definitely real. Your story should be about someone who made a mistake and has seen his faults and shown remorse, not about if he was faking it.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  127. ric

    I'm very disappointing in CNN for saying stuff like that hope they don't start being like Fox really. Yes Chris Brown tears was real cause i watch the whole show.If Chris brown was white yeah wouldn't even be saying stuff like that really. the bible sys examine yourssself. and Chris Brown did a wonderful job.and of course Michael would be pround of him. i wish the media would stop putting people down . what about what they have done move on really.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  128. Tiffany

    To answer that question, all we have to do is look at Brown's acting performances: Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, the initial apology video. Obiviously, he is no Will Smith. So either he miraculously improved his acting skills or, the more logical thought, he was truly sincere.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  129. Dedrick Woods

    What else can Chris Brown do? He's a musician. He's sorry for what he did. He knows he made a mistake. America should forgive Chris Brown because at that age most people fight with their boy/girlfriend to some extent. Besides, isn't losing Rihanna punishment enough.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  130. Shameka

    I believe his tears were very real. That song meant so much more than just a tribute to MJ. Chris realized what he did and his career hasnt been the same since. I do not condone violence but know one knows exactly went on.Who are we to question if the tears are real or fake. Everyone deserves a second no matter if their a celebrity or not. Actions speak louder than words and all we can do is watch to see if he is a changed person.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  131. Busi Peters-Maughan

    Greetings Kyra,

    Yes, I agree that all too many times celebrities get away with behavior that so called "ordinary" folks don't get away with, and I too question how genuine Chris Brown's crocodile tears really were real. However, again I notice a difference and bias in how Black celebrities are critiqued verses Whites i.e. Charlie Sheen. How many cars has he wrecked and how many drinking and physical marital problems has he had? Yet, instead of his career suffering and character being villanize he instead was offered an even more lucrative contract for Two and a half men and almost received a really cushy community service job for his ill behavior. So, can we please begin to be fair and impartial across the board, instead of acting like our biased US Congress?

    Busi Peters-Maughan
    ps I'll be more than shocked if my email is selected!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  132. Erin

    I don't think that society has forgotten what he has done, and news outlets will allow us. He has for the most part destroyed his career and the media continues to try and break down this young man. What he did was wrong, however Charlie Sheen, a grown man did the same thing and beat his wife and is now facing jail time.

    Why hasn’t the media been as hard on him as they are on Chris Brown. After Charlie Sheen beat his wife he negotiated a contract which makes him the top earning actor on a tv series of all time making 2 Million Dollars!!!

    Charlie Sheen’s indiscretion with drugs, jail and domestic violence will fade in to the background and will not tarnish his reputation in the public eye. However, we’re still talking about the indiscretion by this young man. It leads one to wonder why.

    Now we're questioning the motives behinds his tears.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  133. Lisa

    Wow! Everyone makes mistakes. CNN and other news network are the black eyes on the great country. We keep forgive you guys for the many mistakes that that you guys report. CNN have the nerves to do a story on forgiving. CNN forgave the politician that had bad behavior from NEW YORK that's getting a PRIME TIME show this fall and a big paycheck. DO A BLOG ON THAT! The BET Award Show last night pullled off one of its best and positive Award Show ever and there was a lot of positive performances that you guys could have reported on like "PRINCE" and among soooo many others. The media has role in the negitive force that is in the world today.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  134. Carla

    Chris Brown deserves a second chance! I don't think it was fair of you Kyra, to make your disdain for Chris so obvious on television. CNN is the only news channel that I watch, and I do so because of the professional and mostly unbiased reporting. But now that I have seen your lack of forgiveness for a young black man that made a mistake and is asking for redemption, I might have to change how I feel about CNN. You guys reported on a gay couple having a baby, but you sneer Chris Brown!!!!? What is wrong with this picture?

    June 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  135. Carol

    I think Chris Brown did a good job and it's time to let him live again.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  136. Jeniey

    Chris idolized can see it in all of his performances. That was the most heartfelt, beautiful performance ever. The fact that you can question the raw emotion that erupted from that young man, is absolutely laughable.
    It amazes me that you dwell on his ONE negative, and choose to ignore the positives of his career. How you choose to beat this guy down instead of looking towards how he chooses to better himself.

    What you're telling me is – Rob Lowe can be caught with underage prostitute; Mel Gibson can be anti semitic with a temper issue; Robert Downey Jr can be a drug using, alcoholic; Kobe Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger can be accused of rape multiple times; Charlie Sheen can ASSAULT his wife with a WEAPON; George W Bush started a war and cause the biggest deficit most of us will ever live to see; almost EVERY entertainer is welcome to have at least two DUIs or possession charges; and Lindsey Lohan is pretty much allowed to do anything without the thought of consequence – and I'm supposed to turn the other cheek, ignore their faults, and happily welcome them with no questions asked. Yet, Chris Brown hits a girl (your pop princess) known for her domestic violence issues, so we make him public enemy number one? You need to move on like you have done with everyone else, and let this young man start over – like everyone else.

    He has done everything the judge has asked of him. He is continuing his career. He has moved on from February 2009. I suggest everyone else does as well. Give credit where credit is due – his performance last night was beyond PHENOMENAL! And it wasn't necessary to call his performance a "comeback" because I don't recall him going anywhere. (And if those tears were fake – i repeat, those tears and emotion was as real as ever – then someone hand him an Oscar.) Maybe the problem is that you're so accustomed to all the lies and fake people of the world that you are no longer able to decipher the difference.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  137. Beverly Braun

    The abuse of women is a worldwide evil perpetrated by those men who feel entitled to be in control of them. Unless Chris Brown does something truly meaningful like donating his wealth to fund shelters for victims of abuse or treatment centers for abusers, he can not escape being part of the brotherhood that intimidates, beats, rapes and kills women every seond of every day and expects to escape any negative consequences.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  138. Dan

    Just a question for all the female fans jumping on the Chris Brown forgiveness bandwagon: If that was you he beat, would you be so quick to forgive him?
    A man should NEVER, under any circumstances, raise a hand in anger towards a woman. A man should cherish his woman, NOT beat.
    I have been married 20 years and have NEVER thought of hitting my wife.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  139. Reginald

    Kyra, your comment about how he beat Rhianna was inappropriate. Of course his emotions were sincere. Chris has suffered enough and should be forgiven. Why continue to beat this man down. He is young and made a mistake. I believe he has leaned from this experience. I don't see you bashing Rhianna for not setting a good example for young girls by selling herself as a sex image in her songs and videos.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  140. Jeniey

    And no! In my previous comment I was not trying to down Rihanna. She is a talent as well.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  141. Alphonso Amos

    Not forgiving is the problem with today's society. If people would just forgive people and forget about things that happened in the past and not harvest on them violence would be lower, the suicide rate would be lower as well as most of the emotional problems people have in this world. We want to hold on to things that makes us as people mad and the people we don't want to forgive or forget just continue to live their life and the only person we are hurting is ourselves. About 8 months ago I was a victim of a crime and was shot leaving me on deaths bed and with the bullet in my chest still today if I had not forgiven the people who shot me even though I have no idea who they are I would be the one suffering and if I would have figured out who they are my family would have wanted to retaliate if we did not forgive them because they knew not what they had done. Needless to say if I a victim of a crime can forgive someone that has done something to me then everybody else can forgive Chris Brown who has done nothing to them personally.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  142. samantha dorlus

    I am reading of these comments and can't believe how ignorant people are. Nobody use michael jackson that was his tribute to michael since he never had one because of the whole rihanna mess. MJ was his idol and he finally did what he always wanted to do. Am sick and tired of people holding that shadow over him Rihanna has move on so let it go already.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  143. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It's all good what's all the fuse so what if the tears were fake so was the tears when old Yellow died a performer has to act to make a show come together .

    June 28, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  144. symba45

    I think Chris Brown did a fabulous job. We all know how close he held Michael Jackson to his heart. No, these emotions were not faked. Thank you Chris for this wonderful performance in honor of your friend and the true King Michael Jackson!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  145. Sujatha

    He was, after all, singing "The Man in the Mirror" and it would have stirred his emotions about both his own past and the memory of Jackson. He could have cried wishing for forgiveness. Even if it was a PR-stunt, it means, again, he was trying to get forgiveness. Either way – he was asking for forgiveness. People can help others become better persons through forgiveness. Even those who want to hold a permanent grudge, are doing so, in the hope that he will take responsibility and become better. I believe personal betterment may be achieved without receiving grudge from others.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  146. Yaney

    Chris Brown's tears were definitely real! He's only human, many people idolized Michael Jackson, he's a legend! I was emotinal too. He made 1 mistake, as we all do all the time, give the man a break. There are women who are beat to a pulp daily, let's get past this. He did his time, his community service, she's past it why can't we get past it??? Fear of us not having something to talk about, perhaps.The good book says judge not for ye shall be judged. Let it Go!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  147. msbkny

    Let it go already..Chris brown will not be the first or the last entertainer/sports figure that hits a woman.Rihanna is not innocent in the situation either. Charlie Sheen had hit his wife and they didnt put him on blast like they did Chris. Warren Sapp had hit his girlfriend and they didnt degrade him. Chris has made a major mistake and it should be forgiven not forgotten.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  148. Tsema

    He shed tears. We bear forgiveness.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  149. Olivia

    In life we all make mistakes, even you Kyra, but we are not judges and it is up to God to forgive us not people because we are not God.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  150. Diana

    That was some fine, fine acting but doesn't deserve much of an award. That crying is his for his dead career.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  151. Christopher

    I watched the BET Awards yesterday, and I could see that those tears were true. He always wanted to do a tribute to MJ. He put his body and soul into that performance.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  152. Kelli

    I believe Chris' emotions were from the heart and sincere. Why is Chris being held to a different standard in the media than other abusers of women? Charlie Sheen comes to mind as well as other entertainers who do not have the same hue as Chris Brown. For the women who suffer at the hands of those other abusers, they must feel pretty bad that their abuse is being swept under the rugs.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  153. E-S

    the guy is a performer, and it looks like he just put on the performance of his life. i'm not falling for it.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  154. K. A.

    I am a survivor of domestic violence. True, we will never really know what Chris Brown is going through, maybe he has actually changed. But from personal experience, people don't change this easily or fast. With such a profile, he owes his fans (ex-fans) and the public a real apology. He has that responsibility.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  155. Aron Miles

    Who cares, he still got paid. What happend to real news?

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  156. Natasha Bonnet

    I think that the tears Chris Brown were ginuine. Chris Brown is not perfect and he did assault Rhianna, but everyone needs to move on from that so that he can move forward with his life and his career, because he is an outstanding performer. We all make mistakes and I think that Chris deserves a second chance, and to stop being judged.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  157. Osiris

    Hey CNN....
    How hard would it be to put the LIGHT back on the real reason of the performance, you know...Michael Jackson.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  158. Jake

    The people who believe that those emotions were sincere are likely the same people who believed OJ was innocent...naive.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  159. Carrie

    why can't you just take it at face value. he was sincere with this tribute to MJ. how much longer are you going to punish him for that stupid mistake. he was tried and convicted so this is sounding like double punishment but that is what the news does best. just dig and dig and dig. let it go. this is from a victim of domestic violence herself. all this does is keeps the wounds opened and infected

    June 28, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  160. Dianne

    I don't have any reason to believe that he faked his emotions and was surprised when I read the comments regarding his performance. I thought that he was honored to be asked to do the tribute and the lyrics and anniversary of MJ's death were too much for him. Stop hating.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  161. Chaz Bauer

    What a joke – Chris Brown – So planned, he will do anything to get back into good graces. You know his Publicist told him to get on his knees, drop a tear and look to the heavens. Look, by you reporting on it, shows it was a smart move.. It worked, he is getting publicity and by the look of some of the post, some actually buy it... What a joke... I bet he had a tear of anger in his eye when he beat her that dreadful night. I am all for a tribute to Michael, If I was a Jackson, the last one I would want making a tribute would be a him. Sorry I offend anyone, but I really believed he tried too hard last night... he needs to just go away and wait his time as if he was in a locked prison cell...

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  162. Dawn

    Rihanna has moved on and so should Chris. Everyone deserves a second chance. His tribute appeared heartfelt; it was by far the best performance of the show.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  163. Ashley

    Chris Brown's tears and feelings were obviously genuine. Emotion like that can not be fake or scripted. He felt a great deal of honor doing a MJ tribute, and his emotion spilled out. What he did is in the past, lets move on.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  164. corey

    It's funny the things we should think about we don't the Chris Brown and Rhianna thing is nothing new it happens it shouldn't have but it did. We judge too much and I wonder what will we feel like when it's our turn to be judge. I will rejoice when we the news world can report values that have been lost we promote gays lesbians and bit'h attitudes given by women. We are lost wandering away from who we once were report that thanks!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  165. Larry

    Real tears! After major errors in your life, it is perhaps a most thankful opportunity in his life, and of course, his true feelings toward the late Michael Jackson.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  166. Aaron

    I think the feelings were legit, let the man live. He screwed up, he gets to live with the mistakes he made just like we all do with the mistakes we make in our lives. Here we again with the media being a problem not a solution.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  167. Latorsha

    I was shocked at the negative slant CNN gave Chris Brown. If you saw the show to the end, you would have noted that he received an award from the FANS. This should say it all about how "we" feel. In his acceptance he admitted that he let us down and that he won't do it again. He has paid his debt, let's forgive and move forward!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  168. Terran

    What Chris Brown did to Rihanna was wrong and cannot be justified. The point is, he accepted his mistake and is trying to do better. Why cant this young black man get a chance? Charlie Sheen has been beating women his whole career and he still has a number one show. Chris Brown is a GREAT artist and had one of the most genuine and amazing performances I’ve seen in a long time. Let him live.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  169. Sharon Carroll

    As a mother of both a girl and boy, and a woman who has been hit by a man I can sit here and honestly tell you that Chris Brown's performance was totally heart felt and unexpected. Not in a million years did he think that was going to happen to him and it was needed. It's called a realization of life and mistakes and regrets. Leave Chris Brown ALONE! He's a young man who made a mistake and he should not be punished the rest of his life for it. I hope someday you have a boy and then you will understand their side of the issues and maybe more people will pay more attention to our young black boys and men and reach out to help instead of looking for reasons to persecute them! CHRIS BROWN THIS 51yr OLD MOTHER LOVES YOU LIKE A SON!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  170. Al Fitz

    I would be quicker to forgive a sex offender than a woman beater. Beating a woman is the lowest of lows. Does it make him feel strong, controlling, a real man when he smacks down a 100 lb woman? There is no forgiveness for that behavior. He cries because he got caught and is ashamed of his actions? I doubt it, i'm sure in his mind she had it coming. Absolutely disgusting and unacceptable behavior.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  171. K. Clark

    I think it was sincere. I can not understand why we are even questioning it. Who would get on stage and purposely breakdown like that? He was probably feeling tons of emotion. One, giving his idol an over due tribute and secondly, performing for the first time in almost two years. I get it.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  172. canucks

    His breakdown was sincere and i believe it. No one fakes that at all. As a people we should learn to forgive and forget. He has had enough punishment and endured a lot during this period. Let the guy move on. His performance was amazing and i believe he meant what he did and said.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  173. Mrs. Thorne

    I think Chris Browns performance was very sincere and came straight from the heart. Who are we to judge another human, EVERBODY makes mistakes, I really never knew their was so many perfect people in the world. People are entitled to learn from their mistakes, we should give him that chance. Im a loyal fan of CHRIS BROWN. MJ wouldve been proud, he made that song for a purpose, and Chris Brown did it justice.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  174. Brian

    I think we need to stop trying to pigeon hole Chris Brown in order to make judgment calls on him as a performer. I think that him crying was an emotional moment as any performer paying tribute to MJ would have to fight back the tears. As a person Chris Brown as we know can not be looked at the same, he is an admitted abuser. Only he can change from the heart out as a person.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  175. Wayne

    come on now why are we just too thrilled to keep throwing Chris under the bus, he always wanted to show the world that he was the next thing to MJ, what ever happen to forgiveness ARE WE ALL HUMAN OR NOT? I forgive you chris breeze, GREAT JOB

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  176. Brian

    Chris Brown has been ridiculed for his actions as he should, but we live in a place of second chances and redemption. Look at the Tiger's, Brittney's and Lindsay Lohan's of the industry. Chris Brown made a mistake, a mistake I believe he will not make again, and I believe he should be allowed to move on and grow.

    Look at the image of Rihanna, her latest smash hit and the lyrics are about what? Song Title. "Rudeboy"..Listen to the Lyrics....

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  177. Bill

    Genuine or not, let's not forget what this guy did: he was an abusive boyfriend, then, when his career seemed over, he begged his fans to buy his music. His performance and tears, no matter how real hey may have been, does not make him a better person. One cannot just forgive because of a song rendition!
    I'm not saying for him to permanently be a pariah, but it seems to me that people are just saying, "awww, he's crying, he's learned his lesson, just look how sad he looks!"

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  178. shantelTB

    Chris Browns performance was GREAT. You can't fake emotions like that. MJ was his idol. People make mistake and learn from them. How dare yall even bring that whole incident up. For yall saying "think about how rhianna looked in the mirror" really? I love Chris Brown and he is truly the best. Yall should just grow up and let it be. The world has more IMPORTANT things to worry about.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  179. Sandra

    AHHH – How convenient to show such emotion at a major televised event. Maybe he should be nominated for an Oscar??!! Maybe his career will turn around with an offer for a movie. What was he under the influence of? He failed to be as emotional when he was interviewed after the Rhianna event.

    I just cannot believe he was "real" !!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  180. Kevin Leo

    What ever happened to CNN anchors just reporting the news...minus their opinions?! The venom was practically dripping off of Kyra's tongue as she introduced the Chris Brown segment. No one should ever condone any man putting his hands on a woman...period. That being said. his performnace came across a being very genuine and anyone who has ever made mistakes in their past would probably feel the way he did singing that particiular song.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  181. Sanman2010

    i think u media people should leave the man alone and find something else to talk about i think that its not just hip hop or the b.e.t awards u should not just put it in a black entertainment perspective what if tim mcgraw or justin bieber had done this im pretty sure it would be different if u show let the man thank mike in peace its not that seriouse there is more important things to talk about

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  182. Marcelyn Conwell

    I am do believe this young man has cried out for forgiveness
    from GOD and he has heard his cries and pitted every grown.
    So please dont continue to make him suffer.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  183. Brittany

    As I watched CNN a few minuets ago, as Kyra was talking about Chris Brown I just shook my head at how ignorant she was. That performance had NOTHING to with Rhianna, he was very genuine doing that tribute to Michael Jackson. That was his Idol, and when they didn't allow him to perform last year when MJ died it really affected him. So those tears were very sincere.

    Don't stay stuck on people's mistakes. Learn to forgive, and get over it. Everyone has done something bad in their life that they wouldn't want people to keep bring up, and he is no different.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  184. Sherry

    WOW! I was truly not moved by his performance or tears. Having been abused by a man I've seen the same display of emotion after being beaten up. I have no respect for a man who abuses women for any reason. Tears! They can be faked. But I won't sit in judgement of Chris. God knows what was in his heart. After all, Chris will have to answer to Him.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  185. Susan Malloy

    OMG...are you kidding me? He needs to quit singing and start acting! What a joke. I am embarrassed for him.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  186. Francis

    Who Cares is Chris Brown has changed. If he looked in the mirror and didn't like what he saw it was because he was an out of control and emotionally unstable woman beater. If he really changed he would be able to hold it together like a professional entertainer...but he just channeled his emotion into another outburst illustrating his lack of self restraint. People should forget about him...talent doesn't erase being a person sans-couth.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  187. Cammi

    You have got to be kidding! He is an entertainer. How could any intelligent individual assume those tears are real. I am not trying to judge him, however, he has put himself out there in public for us to see and I am certainly not going to fall for such a publicity stunt. And I really am amazed that people just overlook his violent behavior.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  188. dee gardner

    Let whoever peferct throw the first stone. I think rhianna is krazy anyways look at her it tells a lot millions still love him so it wouldn't matter wat others say.they pay no bills

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  189. teri

    As a nation we should forgive, that's what my bible teaches me. I have forgiven him. The issue was between Rhianna & Chris. If they have forgiven each other, my Lord is pleased. Try to spread a little more love and forgiveness instead of sarcastic hatred. Maybe you should " look in the mirror".

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  190. Bobby

    The performance that Chris Brown gave last night was fantastic, Chris was great, the tears and emotion were genuine and anyone who thinks otherwise is outright wrong. Why would you Miss Kyra bring up his past problems, he served his punishment for his mistakes. Don't you believe in second chances. God does !!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  191. Brandon Groves

    For goodness sake. Give the kid a break. He made a mistake and now has to live with the decision he made for the rest of his life. President Clinton was forgiven as was Martha Stewart and Ben Roethlisberger. Black celebrities and public figures are more scrutinized than their white counterparts. If he makes a mistake again then crucify him. Give him a chance to prove himself again. The only one worthy enough of judging him is the Lord who Chris brown will one day have to answer to.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  192. Fresh

    I know CNN is too SCARED to put this on national TV. But I am going to say it anyway. Its amazing to me how acerbic and non-chalant people are when it comes to the subject of "should Mr. Smith or Mrs. Smith" celebrity or not, be forgiven or not. You and I, like everyone else alive and those who are dead, want forgiveness from others. So, why are we so uppity and snobbish to not forgive someone else. Was Chris Brown wrong, YES, he was wrong...very WRONG. But is he to not be forgiven? There is a Judge in Heaven named JESUS who will look at YOUR life after you DIE- will you be forgiven or will you stand before HIM unforgiven in your sins because you did NOT accept JESUS as Savior and Lord?

    June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  193. Guitar Picker

    I can't believe everybody is making such a big deal over the anniversary of the death of a pedophile and the fake emotions of a woman beater. They are both jerks!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  194. Dyan

    Should we never forgive him? Why can't he be sorry for what he did and how things turned out? Murderers and all kinds of people with criminal behavior are given a second chance. Why can't he be given the same? It was a horrible thing that he did, but it's not like he has done it numerous times before. There are people in prison for killing people in "Crimes of passion or of the heart" that were known to be very kind. Unfortunately the mind can snap. Let's lighten up and pray for this young man.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  195. luzia

    remember chris brown and his then girlfriend rhiana were both childern in an adult relationship pushed by the media to be the golden couple. let chris brown be. thank you.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  196. Ana

    Whether the tears were sincere or not is irrelevant. The real question is, at what point do we allow people to get on with their lives after having erred? Kyra you showed your bias against Chris by inserting, "Let's not forget about Rhianna..." It has been a year + and Chris has taken responsibility for his actions & paid his dues. We don't need to be reminded again and again of the negative things he, or anyone for that matter, has done, especially if they have made amends. Please, let's move on and allow this young man to go on with his life.....

    June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  197. jacky

    Chris Brown's crying act was that, a crying act. This was a perfect situation to gain the sympathy of the public and his misguided fans. This man is an ABUSER and he will never CHANGE. When confronted by someone who DISAGREES with him he will ABUSE. I use to like this mans music and I will never listen to his music again. My take of his display on stage was to try and take away from Michael's moment, but he will never be a Michael Jackson. I also believe he needed the money he will make on the publicity of his little stunt. Grow up Chris Brown and try being real and stop playing a part.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  198. Justin

    I agree with your proposition that we in the US are far to quick to forgive and forget the violent or inexcusable behavior of celebrities. There has to be dozes of other singers who could have done a better job honoring Michael Jackson.
    Think about how both Rhianna and MJ would feel about seeing him up there crying.
    The question is not is he is sincere in his tears, the question is why he is allowed to have the honor of being there int he first place.
    Give that opportunity to someone who has NOT put his girlfriend in the hospital by beating her senseless.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  199. Merced

    He did a good job making lots of people forget about the oil spill and other major topics that really matter!!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  200. Sharon Carroll

    Diana.... Career looks likes it just getting started sweetie.....stop hating and make your own something for someone else and stop hating!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  201. Sherrad

    I do not condone beating of women! However, I believe that his cry was sincere. After all the rejection, all the fans he has lost, and the fact that he was given an opportunity to perform, when that freedom had been taken from him. Im sure it could be the equivalent to someone being wrongly incarcerated and experiencing the freedom of being released. Regardless of what he did, in any confrontation it takes two, and as I was always told, a woman can speak faster than a man can process what shes saying, and if the man doesnt know how to handle it, it pushes him to a point to snap. Im sure in hindsight he would have approached the situation differently.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  202. reynard

    As Kenya stated earlier, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” It is not ours to determine the sincerity of Chris Brown’s display of emotion. This has been a humbling experience. Anyone that refuses to forgive this young man is a contradiction in action because everyone at one point or another asks for, expects or accepts forgiveness. As long as humans are imperfect, we all will commit transgressions and we all will need forgiveness.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  203. Rosie

    Why do the public need constant reminders of a persons past wrongdoings. we know what he did and would like to put it behind us. Chris needs to heal too. We should forgive him and I am sure that his girlfriend would like too also. But if the media continually bring this up every time he is involved in something, no one will ever forget., To get forgiveness, we have to forgive.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  204. brummell

    Why shouldn't we forgive Chris Brown and let him revive his career. There are u.s. citizens with higher ranks in our society that have committed crimes worse than Chris's and we have forgiven them and have allowed them to continue there careers and there lives. He's paid his debt to society and have been rehabilitated so it's only fair to grant him a second chance. We should be more analytical towards former an current political leaders who have and continue to commit genocide in the name of "security".

    June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  205. Jina

    Considering the fact that he WAS supposed to do it last year, only for that to be taken away from him...I think his tears were genuine. I also believe his apology was sincere. Chris Brown made a mistake and stepped up to the plate to take responsibility for his actions. It's now time to move on. Chris Brown did a fabulous job honoring Michael Jackson and it was long overdue!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  206. Sherry

    We can't speak for Rhianna as to whether she's gotten over the beating. Physical scars heal but emotional scars don't .. I know firsthand. As far as the tears Chris shed last night ... I don't buy them for a second. Where were those tears after he witnessed the injuries he inflicted on a woman he claimed to love? He should have kept his composure and done the tribute to MJ with dignity not with tears. I think he used the stage to "play" to the audience and the tears of a man always tend to tug at your heart strings.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  207. Vernorah J.R.

    Anyone could see that Chris' emotions were geniune after an outstanding performance paying tribute to Michael Jackson, a legend gone too soon. Chris aknowledged letting his fans down and promised not to do it again. That makes him a super human being since none of us are perfect. But I believe he is sincere in making the effort not to go down that same path again.Harboring unforgiveness in our hearts toward him or anyone will only make us sick literally! Find someone else to pick on.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  208. Raymond T. Jackson

    First of all the whole fracas between Brown and Brianna was started when Brianna attacked him for messing around. True, he should not have beat the crap out of her, but a little known fact that seems to escape general knowledge is that she started it with violence. Secondly, the way that they are hounding him is reminiscent of the way that they hounded O. J Simpson after his acquittal. This is racist, because Chris is not the first star who has had a violent encounter with his girlfriend, yet by him being black seems to enlist him for a continual critiquing of his behavior and his motives. There are plenty of white stars who have been violent with their girlfriends, with little or no fanfare. What Chris did to Brianna was horrible and unnecessary, but the violence was participated in by both parties,and while it should not be condoned, it should not be forgotten that both parties were involved and that Chris has paid a heavy price for his lack of control, while Brianna paid nothing for hers.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  209. Minister Brenda Johnson

    I am a 64yr.old retired person. I NEVER comment on blogs. But I caught the last portion of Kyra's program referring to Chris Brown. I am a Virginia native and resident as is Chris. As a minister,Christian counselor and mother/grandmother, by no means do I condone abuse of anyone. But I truly believe he is sorry,has repented and sought help. I feel that he felt honoured and blessed to give tribute to Jackson. Those emotions were raw NOT contrived.
    Since the incident with Rihanna, he has cried publicly because he is ashamed for what he did to her, how he humiliated his mother, because that reflects on her. That is not who he is.............Should we open the door on our life and stand aside lest we are battered by our skeletons?

    June 28, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  210. Arnetta

    He wanted so badly to participate in the first tribute but was denied the experienece because of the dramatic attack on Rhianna. Everyone was very hasty at passing judgement but the truth is that the details of that incident were never released and quite frankly, it is none of our business even though he lives in the public's eye. He has always been very forward about MJ being his idol and listening to the lyrics of the song, performing on the stage and comparing it to where he is in life now.... Im sure he was full of emotion. He was just a teen when the issue that shattered his image happened. Now he is a young man trying to live through his actions and he deserves recognition for the great improvement he has made.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  211. Karima

    I think that he was being very sincere during his performance and people need to learn to leave the past in the past. Rhianna was not totally innocent in that whole incident and I think people fail to notice that. She was the one that initiated the whole altercation between her and CB, but since she wasn't successful in her attack she cried out. I think that she needs the same type of anger management that everyone says that CB needs. I believe her true self will surface again and then everyone will see.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  212. Charnette

    Fake, are you kidding me? That was as real as it gets and straight from the heart. No one could have done it better than that he was awesome! It could have been a mixture of both sorrow for the loss of MJ as well as the emotional aspect of his personal feelings regarding his situation, however he is human and we all make mistakes and fall short but just because we fall doesn't mean we have to stay down. His supposed to get back up and dust his self off and get back out there. How many times is he suppose to apologize for a situation that nobody knows the entire story to? Let's get over it and move on!! To Chris I love you, the rest of your fan base loves, God loves you and there's nothing you can do about it!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  213. JKM

    I believe that Chris's feelings were genuine during his performance in the tribute to MJ at the Bet Awards.However it seems to me that the question asked by cnn is cynical in nature and attempts to villinize the moment shared by us all. Kyra Phillips asked " Before we forgive let us NOT forget" Well the good book says Let us forgive and forget also not to judge lest ye be judged.All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all have made mistakes and that's what we should remember. What Chris did was wrong and should have never happened but when one repents and shows regret who are we to judge. He obviously was looking at himself in the mirror of life and showed his reflection of regret.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  214. Kylah

    I dont think anyone can fake emotions like that .
    It was truley sincere & memorable to i think everyone
    & for you people that think they're fake theres something wrong .

    June 28, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  215. Jackie

    Hello Kyra,

    In agreement with one of your many responses, no one can fake that kind of emotion; in answer to your question, no we as a society are not so forgiving nor quick to forget; however, I believe Chris Brown went to court, accepted responsibility for what he did and has paid and continues to pay and will pay for the rest of his life; are you suggesting that he NEVER be forgiven; that his career should never be revived; it was horrible what he did to Rihanna; inexcuseable; absolutely wrong; we get that and I know he got too.

    I think, to use your platform and infer that he not be forgiven by prefacing your report with the "SO CALL" tear jerking performance; and his "Floundering Career" when the person who this violence was perpertrated against has forgiven him she said so herself sometime ago on GMA with Diane Sawyer.

    Oh, by the way, he was crying for MJ, for what he did to Rihanna and for himself; for embrassing his Mother, for letting his fans down and grateful for the opportunity to seemingly, be given a second chance; now, do you have a problem with that part of the "American Dream"

    June 28, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  216. Kylah

    This is about micheal jackson , rihanna dont have anything to do with anything last night so i dont know why anyone is really bringing itt up

    June 28, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  217. Tyrone Wright

    The uncontrolled substance of tears are genuinely ignited or released from some form of pain from emotional or physical distress. I believe Chris Browns performance showcased emotional pain in its purest element. And in that, it represented the fact that he is still a human who bares a profound conscience and incoporate a sense of awareness to feelings and emotions in a moral and ethical aspect. While some may raise the question as to the validity of his emotional performance of the late Michael Jackson due to his actions with former Girlfriend Rihanna, It more so raises the eyebrow on what really provoked a man who capacitates such sensitive emotions. I think if we attempt to paint a derogatory picture on a man who can face humiliation and channel his pride to honor an Icon as Michael jackson on national television then we join the pieces of the puzzle as an unforgiving people.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  218. Aaron

    Chris Brown tears was real, we all cry for michael. Beside let's give the man a second chance, he pay for his crime. after all Rehana hit chris too and women should learn not to hit if they don't want to be hit.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  219. Deloris

    What is the problem? So Chris Brown got emotional during a tribute to his idol, Michael Jackson. Chris Brown did an excellent job. Besides, what does that have to do with his and Rihanna's relationship. Give Chris Brown a break and let him move on with what he does best, entertain.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  220. lynnie

    chris cannot be forgiven for acting like a child one night a year ago (just because he was a child). he must be looked at as an anger black man which is soooo scary. although his girlfriend and his manager should have been charged with statutory rape. after all, what he did should never be forgotten..... like it is for being a white pro qb who sexually assaults 2 women or a mother who drives her 3 kids into a lake. these acts can be forgiven due to stress or having too much to drink. but being young, black ,male and angery is an unforgivable act ....or so it seems.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  221. Steven Williams

    Sincere, most definitely…Chris Brown performance at the BET AWARDS was unequivocally exceptional before he started to cry and after. I believe the moment Michael Jackson’s song, ‘man in the mirror song was playing’ , he reflected on his life experience and the death culminated into a emotional outburst of tears. I am so proud of Chris and I hope the angry American press lays off Chris Brown it’s has been over a year since the Rihanna incident . He has learned a heavy lesson and paid a hefty price.

    Now let's commensurate the life of Michael Jackson

    June 28, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  222. Jake

    I don't even see why Rhiana keeps being brought up (even though I thoroughly enjoyed "Guitar Picker's" comment about why should we care about a woman beater and a dead pedophile)...The only thing this has to do with the Rhiana incident is that, that is the point when his career got beat down (yes I worded it that way on purpose), the fake tears were just a very successful attempt at drawing attention to himself to make it back into the limelight.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  223. Heavenleigh

    I believe that Chris Brown had true sincerity in his dedication to Michael Jackson. Chris' performance had nothing to do with what happened with him and Rihanna. It's not up to us to forgive him, but it's Rihanna who needs to give him. If God forgives him, who are we to hold grudges against him. We all have skeletons hidden under a black cover. The media bygons be bygons. What happened to forgive and forget?

    June 28, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  224. shretta morris

    I think that everyone needs to stop downing Chris Brown we all know that what he did was wrong but give him credit for trying to think the right thing and change. That the problem with the media today they think that noone(black people) can change. Chris breaking down yesterday showed his carring side. everyone that has ever been in MJ's presents felt what Chris felt. You didn't have to know him personaly but the whole world felt that great lost. Chris showed that he really does have a heart.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  225. Wanda

    I believe Chris Brown breakdown was genuine. I was appalled that CNN would question his tears! I couldn’t believe it! I believe part of it was MJ emotions but allot of that was his situation coming to a head for him when that song (Man in the Mirror) came on. That’s 1st raw and pure emotion we’ve seen from him since that Rihanna situation. That’s why I was appalled at CNN’s comments because they dogged him so bad last year about him NOT having emotions and the man broke down in national TV…couldn’t even finish his performance and you dogging him about that too! I do believe that song of making a change affected him personally and he was taking it personally and I will pray that he (and we) not forget to continue to make a change in his (our) life.

    I don't condom what Chris did, but he admitted his guilt and paid the penalty for what he did…not just with community service, finacially, but his career has already paid the price for that. And I think everything else is between him and Rhianna and not of our business. I couldn’t believe how CNN are trying to hold him in a guilty state when ALL of us mess up.

    Chris Brown, Usher and Neyo have all looked up to MJ for years and trying to pattern my career as singers/dancers after MJ. Neyo and Usher has gotten there chance to do tributes to MJ…all of them except Chris Brown. He did an awesome tribute to MJ.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  226. Doll

    People will act or say what they wanna when they want forgiveness; let hope he is not one of the many.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  227. Kelly

    I am amazed at how hypocritical society can be. How many drug dealers have become rappers and rock stars? We forget that their decision to sell drugs could have killed another human being, and yet we become fans of their music and praise the fact that they decided to change their life. How many husbands in the media has cheated on their wife, and yet we find it in us to dismiss it as just another mistake? How many people have done something that they were not proud of? Something that could have changed their life for the worse, and yet by some miracle they were given a second chance? "let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Up until that moment, we never heard anything negative about this young man! EVER! And now so many are ready to hang this man for life! I am a woman, and I felt for Rihanna deeply. My heart hurt for her because I experienced abuse as well. But, I am also a mother and a human first and if this was my son it would hurt that he wasn't allowed a second chance. Perfection doesn't exist in this world, and no one sin is greater then another. Stop being hypocrites!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  228. Sonia

    I enjoyed crus brown performance and I believe his tears was very real .it's time to forgive .I remembered when everyone couldn't forgive m.j even when there was no proof but when he died everyone lived him then why do we always have to wait fir something tragic to happen to then say something positive . I would hate to see in all the unforgiving people closet .becuuase they never done anything wrong. It's time to move on and forgive

    June 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  229. Sonia

    I enjoyed chris brown performance last night ,and I believe his tears were very real . I remember a time when noone wanted to forgive mjj even when they didn't have proof but when he died everyone loved him and was the best fan why do we wait for something tragic to happen to then forgive. gave chris a chance . I would hate to look in all the poeple who are not willing to forgive closet and see how perfect they are.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  230. Keia

    First his performance was beyond amazing, no one can judge anyone on their past mistakes. Everyone is not perfect. The only one that can judge is God. Those were real tears . He deserves a second chance just as everyone else. There are two sides to a story, we heard Rhianna's, but no one took the time to hear his. He did his thing last night. So for all those who hate know this "HATING IS FOR SUCKERS".

    June 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  231. Angie B

    I truly believe that Chris has paid his debt. His performance last night was by far the most memorable. I remember they would not allow him to do his tribute then, now he had the opportunity, which he did very well at! If anyone deserved to be up there paying "his" tribute, it was Chris.
    If anyone has followed his career like I have , people would see how much he emulated Michael in every move that he did. He truly respected Michael and his talent. I think that he saw himself in "Man in the mirror".....very touching and sincere to me.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  232. wayne nero

    cnn seems to be more critical of a young black man making a mistake and seeking forgiveness and trying to move on than of a klu klux klan member hiding in the government. everybody deserves a second chance. We all have to forgive and move on thats good news reporting.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  233. Mary San Diego CA

    I think Chris has paid his debt to society and has asked to be forgiven and he should be. How long should he have to wear the jacket as a woman beater? Celebrities have done worse and are back in the public eye and not condemed. Let this young man go on with his career and hold your judgement and see if he is worthy of it.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  234. Laguy

    Reallly everyone you feel sorry for him. Omfg, go look at her pictures again then look at he's little tears. I can't beleive all of you. He's PR guy is a genuise and you are all falling for it.

    If he wants me to feel sorry and I witnessed abusive relationships,
    let him step in a ufc ring get beat up like Briana did then we got the first step.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  235. keke

    it does not matter what the media feel about his emotions or his performance. that boy performed his heart out and left it on the stage for his fans. he gave the best tribute of all times to michael jackson while he was living or while he is dead. so for a change leave his past alone and give him his props and respect for an outstanding memorable performance. well done chris! keep your head up and continue to do your thing.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  236. Nelson

    MJ was Chris Brown's idle. Micheal Jackson inspired Chris Brown. Why do you think does what he does now. Chris's dance moves were inspired by Micheal. He cried because his idle died. It is emotional having to sing the that was performed by his inspiration many years ago. At that point he could careless about Rhianna and what he did in the past. It's over. Everyone has moved on. Give the man a break.

    June 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  237. Mr P. Underwood

    The perfomance by Chris Brown last night was more than great,MJ would have been so proud of him.Chris loved Michael and idolized him,so yes his tears was very real they was suppose to meet before he passed.What he did came straight from the heart and CNN you all need to find something better to do with your time than worry about Chris move on cause Rihanna did.If you need a story talk about all us oilfield hands that are out of work that have familys to take care of that should keep you busy i asure you of that good day>>>>>>>

    June 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  238. christopher woods

    chris brown performance at the bet awards was the best ever seen he left his heart in soul on that stage in his tears was very very much real if mj his self was their he would have thanked him people should leave chris alone and move on with their lives he learned from his mistakes an is trying too move forward with his career also his tribute to the king was long over due in the world should give him his props an another thing jay-z need too let it go aswell an forgive chris as well as the rest of the world because he's holding a grauge against him for what happend with rihanna chris brown earned his respect back

    June 29, 2010 at 4:49 am |
  239. j.r.m

    well for mee chris brown's performens was real honestyy i thinkk all dosee tiers were bcus of tha quilt he hold back when tha acctsidennt of rihanna && hee reallyyy qott his adiencee back....&& ofcourse dosee tiers wornt fakke at all okayy no wan kan tier upp that much if its fakke duhh

    June 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  240. theoneandonly

    Chris Brown's performance had nothing to do with Rihanna. Domestic violenece occurs everyday all across the globe. Fame, should not be used as a way to chastize anyone for their wrong doings. Everyone, yes EVERYONE has done things in their lives that they wish they could take back or change. The performance was the best of the entire night. The audience even felt the pain that he was feeling.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:01 am |