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There are some things the public just won’t buy

It would appear that the Irish public have made their mind up about Chris Brown and they’re not buying him. Back in January 2009, Brown played four sell-out shows to over 50,000 Irish fans at Dublin’s O2 and Belfast’s Odyssey. …

Fri, May 7, 2010, 10:24

   

It would appear that the Irish public have made their mind up about Chris Brown and they’re not buying him.

Back in January 2009, Brown played four sell-out shows to over 50,000 Irish fans at Dublin’s O2 and Belfast’s Odyssey. There was much chatter at the time about an open-air show that summer for the all-conquering r’n’b star.

However, Brown didn’t hit Ireland last summer and will return to the country next month for the first time since that outbreak of Chrismania, to play shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street and Cork’s Marquee.

Tickets for both shows, which have a combined capacity of around 6,500 or around half-an-O2, are still on sale. The Irish public look like they’re passing on Brown.

Brown’s career became a bit of a no-go zone when he assaulted his then girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles on February 7 last year.

Since that incident gave him a press profile which money couldn’t buy (or fix), Brown has done the predictable rounds of public atonement. But appearances on US TV shows like Larry King Live and 20/20 haven’t done him any good. The proof is in the sales figures: his latest album “Graffiti”, the one he boasted would see him matching Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, turned out to be a commercial flop.

Despite all Brown’s apologies, protests (naturally, he blamed the media for his woes) and retractions (he claimed he “misspoke” when he said he didn’t remember the incident), the public has decided it’s not buying it.

No amount of PR spin or contrite TV appearances with his mother (and attorney) by his side will wash this one away. There are still some aspects of bad boy behaviour which we’re not prepared to condone.