Visalia singer Rudy Parris — who had made it throughthe first two rounds of popular NBC singing competition “The Voice” — couldn’t make it past Tuesday night’s knockout round. He was matched up against Terry McDermott, a Scottish singer with undeniable classic rock pipes. McDermott’s already a judge and fan favorite, making Parris an underdog from the get-go.
Parris also didn’t do himself any favors with his song choice. He sung Chris Brown’s “Forever.” In practice sessions, his coach (and country star) Blake Shelton was skeptical of Parris’ decision. Shelton’s fellow judges later agreed, forcing Parris’ dismissal.
After the show, Parris posted on Facebook, thanking the show, Shelton and adding “God has opened a door.” He shared this video, he said, as a thank you to his fans. Know this, local fans, we’ll certainly see more of Parris. He was a busy and popular local artist before “The Voice” and there’s no reason he shouldn’t be afterward.
Last week in my Bee column, I wrote about the not-quite-yet redemption of Chris Brown after the Grammys and how his fans (*ahem* Team Breezy *ahem*) need a reality check. Ya know, considering the way they defend him and even wish to get beat up by him.
I expected Team Breezy to get upset by this. In fact, were I to pen a predictable response to the column, it would have went something like this e-mail I got from Jasmine:
I read your article about Chris Brown and him winning the Grammy and I STRONGLY disagree with EVERYTHING you said. He may have had a violent breakout with Rihanna, but that was 3 years ago. Obviously she got over it, so you need to get over it. Chris Brown is just another person who made some mistakes, you don’t know him. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes.
Well, America, we’ve found something worse than the Grammys: Idiots who comment about them online. Buzzfeed has been killin’ it today with collections of stupid Tweets and Facebook updates.
Here are the most appalling offenses, in order:
3. People who don’t know who Bon Iver is. In and of itself? Not too big of a deal. They’re a (mostly) under-the-radar hipster group. But some of these Nicki Minaj fans are heated. Oh, and some of them think the group’s name is Bonnie Bear. Lulz at you, humanity. Get better at Google. Here’s the entire list. Here’s a Tumblr dedicated to this too.
Last week Chris Brown released the following statement apologizing for allegedly beating the hell out of his girlfriend, Rihanna. Went like this:
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person. Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”
I bolded that part in the middle because I feel it’s important to keep it in mind while you take a look at the following photo of Rihanna’s face, taken right after her altercation with Brown. The photo was reportedly leaked by the LAPD to TMZ:
By now you’ve heard about singer Chris Brown turning himself in and posting bail on charges stemming from an attack on his girlfriend Rihanna. The alleged assault forced both singers to cancel appearances at the Grammys, caused Wrigley to pull commercials featuring Brown, made Rihanna postpone a concert this week in Malaysia, and is now said to have forced Rihanna to cancel her upcoming 21st birthday party.
Details from the police report are starting to leak, and in case you aren’t already disgusted by how a successful, talented 19-year old could abuse his equally young and successful girlfriend, take a look at the list of injuries Rihanna is said to have suffered (per TMZ):
“…the photos show major contusions on both sides of the singer’s face — there is serious swelling and bruising. Her lip is split and her nose bloody. We have now confirmed there are bite marks on one of her arms and on several fingers.
And we now know this… Rihanna claims Brown struck her with his fists and that’s what did the damage. There was no object used in the alleged attack.”