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Chris Brown’s AMA Tribute To Michael Jackson Was Cancelled Because They Don’t Want A Convicted Domestic Abuser To Honor An Alleged Child Molester

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Chris Brown's AMA Tribute To Michael Jackson Was Cancelled Because They Don't Want A Convicted Domestic Abuser To Honor An Alleged Child Molester

Chris Brown’s AMA Tribute To Michael Jackson Was Cancelled Because They Don’t Want A Convicted Domestic Abuser To Honor An Alleged Child Molester

Chris Brown sent social media into a frenzy a few days ago when he shared a video of what would have been a tribute to Michael Jackson on the 40th anniversary of the album “Thriller”.

In the caption, Chris claimed they canceled the performance for “unknown reasons”, but founder of @puckdotnews Matthew Belloni, says he knows the reason why and he’s the one who is somewhat behind the decision.

Chris and the award show’s producers had been working on the tribute for weeks. The producers wanted Chris to perform at the awards to give him an opportunity to showcase his talents after Chris felt he had been “shadow-banned” from Hollywood since the #MeToo movement.

Belloni claims that when he caught wind of Chris Brown’s performance, he immediately contacted the higher ups at Disney and ABC about the “optics” of the performance. He says that the “prospect of a convicted domestic abuser feting an alleged child molester” on a Disney network wasn’t the best idea. The higher-ups didn’t even know about Chris’ performance until Belloni called and told them.

Once the executives found out about the performance, they immediately told the producers to cut the tribute as a whole. The producers were reportedly furious at the decision to axe the performance because they knew the backlash they would receive, but after calls with multiple executives through the company they decided that Chris could still perform, but he couldn’t do the tribute because it would be too “radioactive”.

They tried to come up with an alternative plan, but Chris said it’s all or nothing for him— either he does the performance he planned on doing or he won’t perform at all. So, he didn’t perform and posted the rehearsal footage on his Instagram.

So in conclusion, the network cancelled Chris’ MJ performance because they didn’t want the blow back of two “problematic” artists being mentioned on their network at the same time. And this all came to fruition because of Matthew Belloni, who made the initial call to ABC executives about the performance.

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