I found this link to singer Chris Brown’s apology for his abusive assault on his girlfriend, singer Rhihanna, last February.
What I found interesting was the reaction to this publicized video apology. Women, in particular, were scathingly skeptical and rejected it. I found that intriquing since nothing popped up as a red flag despite my watching it three times. Brown takes ownership of his actions, he does not diminish the severity of what he did, he does not blameshift to Rhihanna as somehow culpable for creating the situation to which he wrongfully responded and he lists a series of actions he is taking to prevent any future occurences. So, what is wrong with this apology?
Could it be that women won’t forgive an abusive man no matter how low he grovels in apology? While habitual abusers are notorious for giving that “new world speech” promising all kinds of vaccuous changes, I don’t have any evidence at this point that Chris Brown is a habitual abuser with a pattern of issuing forth with empty apologies and broken promises of repentance and reform. So, I’m much more inclined to believe and accept his apology at face value. This time.
But woe to you, Chris Brown, if you ever haul off and assault another human being in anger again. No one will believe a word you say.