Chris Brown is just as likable and subtle as ever in the video for his new single “Don’t Judge Me,” which shows the R&B crooner rocking military swag at an army base as he prepares to save the world or something. (Isn’t it hard to enlist if you’re a convicted felon? Whatever — it’s fiction.)
But just as our hero prepares to depart on his mission, an overzealous reporter (who’s also the hottie who was napping seductively on his couch earlier in the video) asks him, “Chris, why are you doing this? It’s a suicide mission!” Check after the jump to find out his rationale. (It’s a doozy!)
As he prepares to head off to some unknown fate, Brown, ever the martyr, responds, “I’m doing a service for my country and my planet. If that means saving the people I love and I care about, then that’s what I’ll do.” This is moving stuff, kids.
Regardless of the narrative purpose served by that interlude, it’s impressive to see that Breezy — who co-directed the video with Colin Tilley — continues to find opportunities to depict himself as a hero even as he tests positive for drugs while on probation and inks up his neck with what appears to be a picture of a battered woman. In the song’s chorus, he sings “It can get ugly before it gets beautiful.” Wouldn’t it be so much nicer if it didn’t have to get ugly in the first place?