Another day, another bunch of angry tweets from Chris Brown. Has the guy changed or not?
—Angela, via the inbox
You speak of the twin blasts of nastiness, er, positivity, that Brown has launched since his Grammy triumph Sunday. The first volley offered an expletive to anyone daring to suggest that he doesn't deserve the award. The second barrage attacked at the media, blasting them for daring to suggest he doesn't deserve the award. So does that mean that those court-mandated anger management classes didn't quite take?
Yes, experts tell this B!tch.
Let's remember: Brown was ordered by a judge to complete a year of domestic-violence-related education back in 2009. Essentially, he needed to work on his anger issues. But Brown's most recent outbursts are the latest in a long timeline of bad behavior that has barely abated since his conviction for felony assault. Let's not forget the homophobic rants he treated us to in Dec. 2010, or the flying chair act he shared with Good Morning America last March. And now we have these new tweets.
Experts say it all of it adds up to a guy who hasn't learned a thing and doesn't really care.
"Chris Brown's latest rants show a complete lack of sensitivity toward people who may have dealt with abuse of some type, or simply people who are different than him," says Jonathan Alpert, a Manhattan psychotherapist who has treated high-profile anger management cases. (Alpert, like the other experts quoted in this piece, has not treated Brown.)
Alpert's critique doesn't end there.
"There are elements of narcissism, where he has an exaggerated sense of self-worth, is unable to to relate to others, and might feel the world revolves around him," says Alpert, author of Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days. "One can surmise that one who makes fun of others [or] goes on a homophobic tirade is projecting his own insecurities onto others. Clearly his mandated anger management was simply to appease the court and he was just going through the motions."
Alpert isn't alone in his opinion.
"Chris Brown's angry Twitter outbursts suggest that he might be unable to control his anger and inappropriate impulses," says celebrity psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona, "and that he is likely still struggling with these issues or perhaps not even working on them at all."
Now that I've answered this question, I brace myself for a volley of fresh tweets aimed right at me.