written by Mel Pirt
2013 was not a good year for Atlanta artist Cee Lo Green. Prosecutors charged Cee Lo Green with illegally giving a woman ecstacy while at a dinner in Los Angeles the year prior.
The L.A. County District Attorney’s office charged the singer, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway with one felony count of “furnishing a controlled substance.” Although, not formally charged with rape, it still has had a backlash on the singer’s career, whom plead not guilty and later apologized and said he meant no harm.
Fast forward to 2014. Cee Lo made the legendary mistake of letting social media get the best of him. Shocking fans with his tweets about the definition of rape.
Green further alienated himself whne he equated rape with home burglary:
“When someone brakes on a home (sic) there is broken glass where is your plausible proof anyone was raped,” he wrote.
A judge on Friday formally charged Green with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years probation, 360 hours of community service, 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous classes and ordered to register as a controlled substance offender.
Green has now deleted his Twitter completely, but not before using the platform to tweet out an apology for his earlier comments:
“I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context,” he wrote.
“I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”
So what now? Where did this go wrong? The public spotlight is singlehandedly the most brutal place to be in the eyes of the moral, immoral and opinionated. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are targets for the blogs, news outlets and social media "experts" when things go downhill and very few times are they able to fully recover. There is no question that what Cee Lo tweeted was probably the worst mistake he could make, but with all the prior examples set, you would think that he would put down his iPhone and just leave things up to the judicial system and his publicist.
The need to defend yourself is second nature, however, in Cee Lo's case and the evidence given, there is not much of a defense in the eyes of the public. Although the general public's attention span has decreased significantly, we could only hope this is a situation Cee Lo can come to grips with and eventually move on from. As long as he stays away from Twitter.