Ayvaunn Penn, All Christian News
Forgive, and forget is how the famous cliché goes. Well, if singer Miranda Lambert has forgiven fellow music artist Chris Brown for physically abusing Rihanna, she certainly has not forgotten. Not only did she speak out when the scandal was fresh off the press in 2009, she is speaking out again four long years later.
The 29-year-old Lambert was recently interviewed for the upcoming February issue of Redbook magazine. As stated by U.K. publication Mail Online, “…the self-confessed loud mouth (Lambert) has explained that she couldn’t stay quiet about Chris Brown’s return to prominence after his conviction for beating girlfriend Rihanna.” Due to her indulgence in speaking her piece, Lambert actually took a hit from her fan base for negatively tweeting about Brown during 2009 Grammy Awards season. Her tweet read, “He beat on a girl…not cool that we act like that didn’t happen.”
In the February 2013 issue of Redbook, Lambert yet again addresses her feelings concerning the positive public reception of Brown after his abuse streak. “I didn’t feel right about not saying something,” she explains. “The loudmouth that I am, I say what I think. I wanted everyone to know that I don’t agree with the message it’s sending young women…It’s not okay. At all. To be celebrated after doing something like that. I don’t think it’s right, I never will, and I will stand by what I said till the day that I die.”
Clearly, Brown was wrong for his actions. There is no doubt about that. Lambert was not wrong for speaking her mind the first time. In fact, I agree with her. It did send the wrong message for Brown to have been permitted to perform at the Grammy Awards the very same year he physically abused Rihanna. That is like a mother allowing her child to have a cookie right after being disobedient. Lambert is wrong, however, for still entertaining an issue that happened over four years ago. Because we are not in Lambert’s heart, we cannot know for sure where she stands in the “forgiving Chris Brown” department. Forgiving does not mean you have to literally forget. God gave us the gift of memory. We do not, however, have to remind everyone else.
The founder of The Penn Speaks and Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To follow her on Facebook, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.