Chris Brown BET Awards 2010 Michael Jackson Tribute Controversy

Was Chris Brown‘s BET Awards crying fit during a tribute to Michael Jackson on Sunday the real thing? Or just another attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of the public after beating former girlfriend Rihanna to a pulp?

Chris Brown at BET Awards (BET)
Chris Brown at BET Awards (BET)

Chris Brown seemingly broke down in tears during a tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards Sunday, but some are questioning the theatrical timing of his crying jag. During a performance of “Man in the Mirror,” Brown choked up and at one point, dramatically fell to his knees.

This stunning moment happened, interestingly enough, right during the perfect time in the lyrics to appeal to the audience as remade man who regrets thrashing his girlfriend in a domestic dispute.

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

So what do you think of Chris Brown’s BET Awards breakdown? A genuine emotional response? Or a hack-job publicity stunt? We’re just going to plead no comment. To us, a man who beats up women should have never been up on that stage in the first place.

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