Chris Brown Internet Backlash: Writer Offers $1000 Bounty
Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Chris Brown isn't going away anytime soon, and the singer continues to be a subject of debate following his Grammy appearance and win last month. After a twitter beef with wrestler CM Punk, shame from country singer Miranda Lambert, and the disapproval of Jay-Z, Breezy now has a new outspoken hater, one who's prepared to put his money where his mouth is.
Kevin Seccia, who maintains howtobeatupanything.com, has offered $1,000 to the first person who beats up Brown. In his post, which he claims is serious, Seccia calls Brown a "horrible human being," and chronicles his bad behavior, from the initial incident in 2009, to his GMA freakout, to his recent Grammy and tirades against his "haters."
Seccia makes his argument clear, and then makes the offer: "So … 1000 bucks to the first person who pummels him. Go get it."
Seccia then goes on to explain that the post is a "joke," but only for legal reasons. Assault can come with serious legal repercussions, especially for those of us who are not giant pop stars who get showered with praise and awards everywhere we go. Seccia consulted his lawyer on this one, and here's what he had to say:
"If you tweeted an offer of $1000 to anyone who punched Chris Brown and someone actually believed you were serious and did it, and that person was criminally prosecuted for the assault, you could theoretically also be prosecuted ... Here's the catch though (and why I think it wildly improbably that you would be prosecuted): the prosecutor would have to show that you had the specific intent that the person actually commit the crime. If you tweeted it, obviously intending it as a joke with no actual intent that someone would do it, then I can't imagine a reasonable prosecutor pursuing charges.”
Seccia then outlines some of the logistics, and sets an expiration date of one month for the offer.
Some might call this offer tasteless, and some may say it misses the point. Violence can't be cured with more violence, but as Seccia points out, CB's complete lack of remorse makes it OK, just this once.