Deservedly or not, Chris Brown continues to bear the brunt of media scrutiny over an event that took place almost 2.5 years ago now. Case in point:
He got a role in a romantic comedy. Good for him, right? Sure, but Anderson Cooper still took a shot at him and referenced the Rihanna incident.
"Ladies and gentlemen, particularly ladies, Chris Brown has been cast in a movie. And not just any movie, it's a romantic comedy based on a self-help book about relationships," Cooper said recently on CNN's AC 360.
"And I, for one, can not imagine why this did not happen sooner because if there's one thing you can say about Chris Brown, who's currently on probation for viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, he just oozes romance."
Cooper went on to point out one of Brown's early YouTube apologies to Rihanna and fans as another point of conflict. To Chris' credit, he responded to the CNN anchor's comments on Twitter in the best possible way."I guess people need ratings!" Brown wrote. "Lol! It's cool. Much Love."
Wow. If he acts like that more often, people really will leave him alone! He can be taught! A ratings joke back at AC is harmless enough, right?
Hey, at least he brushed it off and didn't play the victim, didn't complain and didn't blow up. It's a step in the right direction if nothing else.
As for the new movie, it is called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, a film adaptation of Steve Harvey's bestselling book of the same name.
Production is already underway in Los Angeles and the film is slated to hit theaters in April 2012. BET first reported Chris getting the role.