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Russell Simmons Defends Chris Brown, Claims Brown Is ‘Suffering’

Chris Brown has faced harsh criticism over the last few days, following his violent outburst at “Good Morning America” on March 21. But now hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is coming to Brown’s defense, claiming he’s “suffering” from the perils of the entertainment industry.

“Chris is suffering from the same thing as almost every young star has gone through, including the Disney kids,” wrote Simmons in an essay posted on his website, “And, having lost control, some of these young artists, sometimes, do an unspeakable thing … And they pay the price. What’s not fair is artists paying the price of the sins in their young lives for the rest of their lives.”

In the essay, Simmons also reveals that he spoke with Brown on March 23 at the singer’s album release party and that Brown, like many other artists such as Kanye West, LL Cool J and Run, is struggling to find fulfillment and happiness amongst the glitz and glamour of fame.

“I know that this young man’s dancing, singing and art are his prayers. Without them, he’s left to deal with a cluttered world in a way that is far too complicated than he imagined when he was a 13-year-old kid with a dream of being famous,” wrote Simmons. “It is during those seconds of stillness when you’re dancing that the Christ/Buddha/Allah/Moses inside of you is awakened and comes to power. This is the freedom Chris knew as a child, but as he rose to fame, finding freedom became a lot more complicated.”

As Simmons also explains, he believes that the continued shaming that Brown has received is ultimately unfair and is robbing him of his artistic and spiritual expression.

“If we insisted on that there would be no art. There would be only shame; there would be no learning, no redemption, there would be no road for millions of fans to travel the journey of the artist to enlightenment,” wrote Simmons. “It would negate the very purpose of art itself which is to reconcile, through a redeeming journey, the intractable contradictions in life and society.”

Simmons closes out the essay by asking Brown’s critics to stop judging him, and instead, forgive him.

“I’m just saying, give this man a break. I spoke to him last night for a long time and I know how good of a young man he is.”

Do you agree with Simmons’ essay? Is Brown a victim of the treacherous entertainment industry? –nicholas robinson


  1. nil on March 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    cha i feel for brown man, i think brown should reinvent his self like p.diddy. Not saying this for a luagh but brown should try changing his name and bringing out an apology song, he was going to be the next best thing after Michael Jackson, but his fight with rihanna fucked him up. I mean if he was a rapper it would be ok, but he aint, he sings r&b. Fans think r&b singers should be gentle and loving, look at Try songz , brown fight with rihanna opened so much doors for trey songz, honestly who the fuck is Try Songz, if Brown did’nt fuck up trey would of never got that famous. Brown had things lock for him self. Brudda my advice to u is to REINVENT, do what diddy did, hes a boss. P.diddy in do nuttin wrong but puff did a couple of gansta shit , see what i mean. Yeah DIDDY is also my biggest fan in style, music, business and also as a person he’s a boss . I out

  2. g$ true on March 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Breezy..stop play’in victim, if u can’t seem to grow up with all the support u already have, get some therapy n more anger management. U can’t blame the media…u just ain’t ready bb boy !

  3. PROCELAIN on March 26, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I agree with Mr. Simmons, he is trying and Robin was so wrong for exploiting this young man. I will state that if you experience any tragic moment in your life what do you want to be judge on, if you want to trash and you are without sin, than continue to put this young man down. He doesn’t have children, he is not on drug, he hasn’t done a drive by, he is not saying bad things about mom and dad. He is working and the understand that we all have is he started out early. So, he is in a situation where he has to adjust to being 20 and the kiddie years are gone and it is time to grow up and he is looking around for the role models. Someone that can grab him by the hand or etc and say I got you man, I really got you. It is life and i life you are going to encounter so much negative feedback, especially from your own and most of them are over 30 years of age. I hope anyone reading this get my point,,,,,,,,,

    Once any young person get pass 25 things should start clicking. But, they need help. Not help from the Charlie Sheens or the jealousy of their community. They need you to look at them as being human. The word is forgiveness! Even if Sheens of today admit to all of their faults what role model is he for the any kid in his life or the kids that is around him, come on world and Robin grow up, you grow up!

    Robin you just got over a horrible experiences, do you want to be recognize as the woman that had breast cancer? Life is cruel don’t make the Lohans and the Browns of today become the next SUICIDE VICTIM DUE TO THE MEDIA.


  4. Wealthstream2004 on March 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Thank God for Russell Simmons! Who better to help Chris out at a time like this. I am so proud that Mr. Simmons has adapted an enlightened way of life so that he can be an example of others. Anyway, my mottoe is,How Would God Do It? None of us would even be able to breathe much less judge anybody else if we bothered to look over our own misgivings. Love is the answer. It is not a cliche, just the reality.