A family-friendly show on Disney/ABC that features a cameo by Chris Brown. What could possibly go wrong?
Was this the best casting decision for a family-oriented show?
Last week, Disney | ABC Television Group revealed that Chris Brown would be making a cameo in ‘Black-ish,’ a decision that is now sparking heavy backlash. The comedy focuses on a modern-day, upper-class African-American family in America.
The idea of incorporating Brown, a singer with a history of violence against women, isn’t exactly generating laughs. Over the past few days, critics have been bitterly complaining about the role, which serves to validate Brown’s aggressive and violent past.
‘Domestic violence is not entertaining…’
Here’s just a small sampling of the negative backlash.
Others are also joining in, including domestic violence groups. That includes the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which has issued a statement against Disney’s casting of Brown. Those protests are likely to intensify ahead of the airing, with Disney increasingly under pressure to nix the role.
Actually, this has the makings of a perfect public relations nightmare. Brown’s role is slated to air on March 29th, just days away. Ironically, that is the exact date that Brown is scheduled to appear in court over ongoing charges of threatening ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. On that date, a judge will review a restraining order renewal.
The coincidence spells a double-nightmare for Disney and ABC. The entertainment conglomerate will undoubtedly be faced with headlines about both the court date and television appearance, all on the same day.
Tran, who dated Brown, alleges that Brown has aggressively stalked her and threatened violence against her. That includes allegations death threats and violence, all of which prompted Tran to secure a restraining order.
Earlier episodes of violence against women include an alleged attack against Brazilian model in 2016. Brown’s publicist denied those charges, though Brown is infamously guilty of brutally beating up Rihanna in 2009. The singer later faced felony assault charges, and ruined Rihanna’s Grammy appearance.
But that’s not all. The singer just survived a $1.5 million lawsuit from his ex-manager, who claimed the singer ambushed him into a violent attacking.
Pissed-off fans booed Chris Brown after he refused to perform at a club in Reno last week. The club ultimately offered full refunds to attendees.
Brown will to play a rapper in the episode.
Disney/ABC has yet to respond to inquiries from Digital Music News.