Rosie O'Donnell Defends Chris Brown, Criticizes Robin Roberts, Implies Racism at Work

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Looks like Chris Brown has an unlikely ally in the celebrity world: Rosie O’Donnell.

The outspoken talk show host said on her radio show Friday that Chris' detractors, along with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, may be guilty of racism.

That's because, O'Donnell, says, people criticized Brown's window-breaking tantrum on GMA more than, she argues, the equivalent by white stars is lambasted.

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“I just don’t know why this kid seems to be held to a different standard than anyone else,” O’Donnell tells executive producer Janette Barber on the program.

Asked if the reaction, which Rosie addressed for the first time because she had been on vacation, was racially based, O'Donnell replied, “I totally think [it] is.”

“I also think it’s why he felt he was safer with Robin Roberts.”

O’Donnell doesn’t flesh out this point at all other than later adding that she felt “badly” for Chris Brown and “mildly angry” at Roberts while the interview.

Given the context, though, it wouldn’t be amiss to interpret it as an accusation of some sort of racial betrayal on Roberts’ part not to go easier on Brown.

O'Donnell added that she thinks on some level "that there is a societal paradigm in which you have to be an angel or a thug if you’re a black male.”

She argues that there is a pattern of maligning black male stars as violent when a white star's behavior might be more easily forgiven. But is this true?

Brown throws a chair through a window and everyone panics. Kanye West grabs a mic way from Taylor Swift and is torn to shreds by the press.

Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen becomes a weird drug-infused performance art folk hero. It's a little strange. But Brown also committed domestic violence.

O'Donnell's point of defense for Brown does have some merit, but Rosie never addressed the elephant in the room (Rihanna), weakening her case a bit.

At least in our opinion. What do you think of her comments?

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Karmen, Chris is a dumshitzoid male assnigger, when God fucks him he's gonna stay fuckt. !And for that, I for one am thankful!

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OMG Wayne, I'm not Mexican but I'm offended by your comment! How did you get that by naming those douched bags??!! The race is not the issue, it's the people!! Don't confuse the two!

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Cris Brown,Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen are all In the same boat together ,nobody is getting a break here.The people that support Charlie Sheen have to understand that an over the hill man who pays for sex and lthrows a premadonna fit after loosing his watch is nothing but a Mexican with a name change.

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Cris Brown,Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen are all In the same boat together ,nobody is getting a break here.The people that support Charlie Sheen have to understand that an over the hill man who pays for sex and lthrows a premadonna fit after loosing his watch is nothing but a Mexican with a name change.

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It never looks good in today's America to beat a woman.

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First of all you are a star chris brown and your music talks for you. If the President of the US caught a tantrum every time someone brought up his past or mistake where would that leave america? Grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!! Til you die people will be asking you about this. Find better ways to deal with the questions. What you have just done is open another can of worms for people to talk about.

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Didn't you know Rosie is a put upon minority too? She's a Bull Dyke, and the poor homosexual community likes to cozy up to other minorities to give themselves legitamacy. I wonder what C. Brown's feelings about homosexuality are? O'Donnel always has to shoot her mouth off about something. She should know the media is always going to play up anything that sells. The only bad publicity is no publicity. The ilk that likes Brown, won't care what he's done, and will find a way to idolize him for it no matter what the rest of us think.

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Doesnt matter what none of yall think. Because Chris Brown is still WINNING! U folk are so passionate about these celebs, it's pathetic. Either listen to the music or not. 804. 2 up 2 down!

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well i think that rosie o donell is wrong this is none of her business so why does she have to defend chris brown for this has nothing to do with her at all chris brown is a good person but his actions are not good at all i forgive chris for what he has done and im sure rihanna did the same but i also agree with @ mike rosie o donell did defend chris brown she does not know anything about what happend to chris and rihanna so for her to say that she is being a hipercrite how would she like it if some had abused her im sure she would not like it at all so she should do some research before having any say in anything that involves chris brown .

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well i think that rosie o donell is wrong this is none of her business so why does she have to defend chris brown for this has nothing to do with her at all chris brown is a good person but his actions are not good at all i forgive chris for he has done and im sure rihanna did the same but i also agree with @ mike rosie o donell did defens chris brown she does not know anything about what happend to chris and rihanna so for her to say that she is being a hipercrite how would she like it if some had abused her im sure she would not like it at all so she should do some research before having any say in anything that involves chris brown .

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