Where shall I start?
First, I’ll say this. Domestic violence is a crime. I do not, have not, and will not condone violence against any innocent man, woman nor child.
If you will, please indulge me for a moment. I’d like to offer a comparison. A comparison between singer Chris Brown and actor Charlie Sheen. I chose Charlie for my comparison because he too, was recently arrested for assaulting a woman, his wife…on Christmas Day; just 6 months ago.
But, by looking inside the Court of Public Opinion, it’s very hard to comprehend that Mr. Sheen, too, has committed an abuse toward a woman; better yet, WOMEN. Sheen threatened his wife’s life with a knife to her throat-just last Christmas. This is according to his wife’s statements to the police. She also, wasn’t the first woman to accuse Mr. Sheen of something.
I’d like to provide a brief background on Mr. Charlie Sheen, or shall I say, Mr. Hollywood, or His Highness:
In his early 20s, Sheen has a daughter, Cassandra, with his “baby-mamma,” Paula.
In 1990, Sheen accidentally shoots his former fiancee, Kelly Preston in the arm. She decides not to marry him…a…duh.
In 1995, Sheen is noted as a client to Heidi Fleiss. Sheen testified to spending $53,000 on prostitutes.
In 1995, He marries Donna Peele. He also settles a case out of court with a UCLA student who claims that he hit her in the back of the head, after she refuses sex.
In 1997, Sheen pleads no contest to battery charges of splitting the lip, and throwing to the ground, former girlfriend Brittany Ashland. He only received a year’s suspended sentence, two years’ probation and a $2,800 fine.
Soon thereafter, Mr. Sheen was rewarded for his behavior by getting the role on the sitcom “Spin City.” The 71 days remaining on his probation were dropped as an extra bonus.
In 1998, Sheen enters rehab. Sheen was admitted to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks outside of LA, reportedly because of a drug overdose.
In 2005, Sheen’s pregnant wife, Denise Richards, files for divorce. She accuses him of plenty of things; prostitutes, drugs, alcohol and gambling.
On December 25, 2009, Christmas Day, Sheen is arrested on felony menacing charges against his wife, Brooke Mueller. She tells police that Sheen threatened her with a knife to her throat.
Currently good-ole Charlie is awaiting his plea-bargain. Sheen will plead no contest to misdemeanor assault and will be sentenced to 30 days in jail. It has been reported that Sheen will only really serve 17 days of this 30-day sentence, while taking part in a work release program at Theatre Aspen.
Who doesn’t love Aspen? Sheen will get to leave the jail by 8 a.m., before “jail breakfast”,of course, to go work with some adoring fans at the theater, then return just in time, after dinner at 8 p.m., to the jail.
I’m sorry, I know that I said this would be a BRIEF background, but who would have known that 45-year-old Charlie Sheen has cut such a fool over the past 20 years.
I should also remind some folks that his BIRTH name is, Carlos Irwin Estevez. Who knew that by simply changing a name, such ease in our judicial system would come. I’ll be sure to send this tid-bit down to our brown sisters and brothers in Arizona; that and some sunblock. Back to my comparison…
So on the other hand, we have Chris Brown, who at the age of 19 got into an argument, which led to physical violence, with his then girlfriend, singer Rhianna. Chris has no history of charges of any previous domestic violence.
But, Brown, who isn’t even old enough to drink the alcohol that Sheen was accused by his ex-wife of abusing, was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor to be served in Virginia. He will also complete a year of domestic violence classes, and pay fines.
I saw the pictures of Chris Brown in that orange jail suit, out there whacking weeds in that Virginia field. That was no ride in the park, no crispy clean Aspen weather, that’s for sure.
Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury.
This felony is the one that’s keeping Brown out of the UK. Britain doesn’t want to extend a visa to Chris Brown. He was recently forced to postpone a three-date Fan Appreciation Tour in England and Ireland because his work visa was denied.
At this point in the story, I’d like to suggest that Chris Brown fires all of his attorneys. Brown, who has no previous record, gets a felony, while Sheen–full of priors, pleads no-contest to a misdemeanor assault.
Charlie obviously does what he wants, when he wants. Chris, I bet Charlie can go work in the UK…
About 10 or so months after the February 2009 altercation between Brown and Rhianna, Brown reportedly stated that he could not find his newly-released CD, “Graffitti” in any Walmart stores. This–after his fans gladly informed him on his previous twitter account, Mechanical Dummy. Walmart never to my knowledge, admitted to this. The CD had dismal first-week sales.
Meanwhile in other, “your rules mean nothing to me” news, Charlie Sheen just signed a 2-year contract with CBS, for the long-running sitcom, that I have never seen,”Two and a Half Men.” I heard that Sheen is supposed to get up to $2 million per sitcom episode. Sheen, hasn’t even gone to jail yet, and he’s ‘stackin that chedda.’
This past Sunday, Chris Brown performed on the BET Music Awards. He performed his year-late tribute to the deceased-Michael Jackson. While attempting to sing, Michael Jackson’s, “Man In the Mirror,” Brown broke down crying. I don’t know about you, but I accept his tears, I accept his apologies. I am no judge nor jury. The hatchet that you sharpen for the next person neck, may very well be the one used to cut your own.
What Chris did was wrong. It was terribly wrong. But I’ll offer Chris Brown the following advice:
Mr. Brown, please review the timeline of Mr. Sheen. This is your guidebook on what NOT to do. It’s obvious that you are being held to a higher moral ground than that of Charlie Sheen. Chris, please, rise to the occasion. Be the upstanding young man that we all want and expect you to be. If you can do that, I wish you much success.
Richelle R. Ransom
(Richelle R. Ransom is a Broadcast Journalism graduate of FAMU. She is currently in Oprah’s OWNetwork contest to get her OWN Show, “NEW.” You can vote for this HBCU grad here>> www.richelleransom.com)