Chris Brown's 'Crawl' video: He's feeling remorseful about a lost love. Do you care?

The video for Chris Brown’s “Crawl” has hit the Web after premiering on The Wendy Williams Show this morning. Filled with shots of a bespectacled Brown looking remorseful as he sings about a lost love, it’s the second promotional clip he’s released in advance of Grafitti, due Dec. 8.

By centering this clip on an ex he can’t stop thinking about (played by Cassie), Brown is practically begging for us to read it as a statement on his former relationship with Rihanna — you know, the relationship he hastened to an end by brutally assaulting her in February. So what, if anything, is he actually saying with this clip?

Mostly, just that he feels sorry for himself. “Everybody says we’re through/I hope you haven’t said it too,” Brown complains. “So where do we go from here?” I’m pretty sure a roadside trash pick-up site and an anger-management counseling session are where you’re supposed to be going, Chris. We see none of that — the real aftermath of his breakup — in this video, of course. Instead we get Brown moping around a hotel room, a snowy street, and, finally, a CGI desert, mouthing self-help platitudes about crawling before you fly. Excuse me if I’m not ready to sing along just yet.

Do you find Brown’s latest video as uncomfortable to watch as I do, or am I being too harsh? Check out “Crawl” below, then let us know what you think.

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  • Anne

    Aww the beater looks sad. Maybe his hands hurt.

    • Vivi

      L O L! Even though Simon’s post is annoying, this made me laugh.

    • princess

      Chris Brown”s career is not ending k
      u guys like his music
      ppl make mistakes

    • jane

      anne you are disgusting!leave this kid alone. i hate ppl who think that they are perfect. you aren’t, i’m not, no one is so move on!

      • Emma

        For the sake of your loved ones, I hope you’re the imperfect in the same way that he is.

      • Anne

        So let’s be clear: I make a joke about an self-admitted beater.
        He abuses his girlfriend repeatedly and I’m disgusting? Also, I am 22, not so much older that Chris Brown and certainly old enough to know domestic abuse is foul. Never claimed I was perfect, but some things- like beating up someone you love- are pretty disgusting.

      • Khristina

        Yikes “jane”…maybe instead of bashing other people who have a sense of humor, you should just go back to elementary school and get an education. Your post is near incomprehensible.

        Wait a second- let me bring it down to your level. “You’re stupid”

      • Demonica Smith

        Oh my gawsh are you serious? I know every one has there own opinion but kum on i think you guys are jugeing.. And whu are yu to judge? No one and i repeat no one is perfect.. Am i saying its okay? no im nawt but every one deserves a second chance.. And no matter what you do god loves you and forgives… but i know all of ou writing has done something you regret so you have no reason twe JUDGE Christopher M. Brown… Im nawt just saing that because im a loyal fan and i love hym with all my heart is saing it becasue waht yawl are dong is hurtful and wrong.. I may nawt be 22 bhut i know what is right and wrong.. Anhd your 22 you should know that this is beyond verbal abuse!!

    • ashley

      agreed! what an ass…pouting and feeling sorry for himself. Pathetic.

  • Lucy

    Nope!

  • Danny

    Not one bit. Chris Brown, you’re done.

    • Kerblah

      He should cover Beat it!

      That would be a hit!

  • ctesdahl

    “Everybody says we’re through. I hope you haven’t said it to.”

    Are you effing serious?! You are so done. Go away already.

  • Justin

    I only came in here to comment that no one cares. I didn’t watch the video nor will I ever. I hope his career is over.

    • Tymesha

      SO U R SAYIN WHEN U MAKE A MISTAKE & HAVE A PHYSCIAL FIGHT WITH YO GIRLFRIEND HIT HER OR BEAT HER U WOULDN’T ASK FOR FORGIVENESS..BECAUSE PPL DO DESERVE SECOND CHANCES & I THINK HE DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE HE’S YOUNG BUT I THINK HE SHOULD GET BLAME FOR HIS ACTION NOT HER ACTION TOO I DO THINK HE IS BEING REMORSEFUL ABOUT THE SITUATION PPL JUST NEED TIME FOR THIS 2 HEAL & MOVE ON NOT SAYING IT’S OK 2 HIT A WOMAN BUT IT’S OK 2 MAKE MISTAKES DOESN’T EVERYBODY MAKES DON’T BE SO CRUEL TO CHRIS BROWN BECAUSE IT’S NOT ALL HIS FAULT RHIANNA TAKE THE BLAME IN THIS SITUATION ALSO SO DON’T MAKE THIS A 1-SIDED STORY BECAUSE THAT’S WAT PPL ARE DOING LEARN TO FORGIVE NOT FOR U FOR THEM OR NOT THEM FOR U…U KNOW WHAT I MEAN

      • RowellE

        Tymesha, you said people deserve second chances. According to the interview Rihanna gave Diane Sawyer, Chris Brown has hit her multiple times previous to the assault in February so it looks like he’s had more than a second chance.

      • Eva Webber

        Actually what she said was it took her 9 times to leave him. She said he only hit her once. Get the facts straight. Sawyer said it normally takes about 7 times for a person to leave she said no about 8 or 9.

      • Breanna

        i agree with you tymesha and if you guys get your facts straight rihanna said he only hit her once but there have already been reports that rihanna hit him before this incident. i dont condone him hitting her in any way but he deserves a second chance and im sure you wouldnt be bashing him if he was your son or someone you knew , your treating him like he’s not human.

      • Mike

        Sorry but I think he is using Rihana and the attack as a chance to try to sell records. And sorry to say, Rihana seems to be doing the exact same thing.

  • Sally in Chicago

    I think there’s still a lot of promise in Chris. He’s young, 19 is very young to have mixed up emotions and have all the money and fame.

    • Scott

      That’s no excuse to abuse women.

      • Sally in Chicago

        You know….I give the guy a pass this one time….like I wrote, he’s young. 19 y.o. and from what I read, he wanted out of the relationship. And she didn’t.

      • Monique

        I understand the part where you say “he’s young,” and still needs to learn, yadda yadda. I don’t agree with that sentiment (no 19 yo I know beats up women), but at least I see where you are coming from.

        However, are you out of your mind by writing “from what I read, he wanted out of the relationship. And she didnt”? I don’t care how horrible a person Rihanna actually is, there is NO excuse for him to beat her up. His option was to dump her, not beat her.

        Please, get your head on straight.

      • Keish

        I think all of you need to get your head on straight when you think its ok for a woman to constanly hit a man but when he hits her back then he is in the wrong. Thats whats wrong with these young girls now, they have it misunderstood. NOONE should put their hands on anyone. SHould Chris have handled it better yes he could have. Could she have handled her jealous rage about the VM better yes she could have. I dont care what Rihanna says something else happened in that car for that to turn violent. The fact that Chris wont tell the whole story confirms that for me. May not for you but it confirms it for me. Yes they BOTH were in the wrong. He is owning up to his when will she admit hers? Yes there were lots of stories about that girl and how crazy she was she even told Diane Sawyer how EQUALLY dangerous it became for the both of them almost as an obsession, if Diane would have known any better she would have asked her to elaborate. If i was his mom he would have dumped her a long time ago.

      • cj

        Chris is someone that he doesn’t want to be. People think by name calling and being judgmental will help the issues.. If you feel so passionate about domestic violence go help people with the same issue or If your in it Break from it. And help stop the cycle VIOLENCE, not giving out verbal kicks and smacks.. Maybe Hope that Chris will become a wiser man and hope that Rihanna stay strong and Bless them both. Chris Brown learn his lesson that God give him. If he doesn’t judge, why should you.?

      • dave

        Well of course, Sally, since he’s young and apparently wanted out of the relationship, it’s really no big deal that he battered his girlfriend, choked and bit her and threatened to kill her. He’s young, so it’s cool.

      • Quinn

        Yeah, when I was 19 and wanted to break up with my girlfriend, I would just beat the crap out of her too. It’s what you do when you’re young!

        PLEASE. Any halfwit man knows it is NEVER okay to lay a hand on a woman…I’ve known that since I was a child, let alone when I was 19 and practically a grown man. Chris Brown is a tool, an idiot, and sure, he deserves a second chance in life, but I don’t think he deserves a second chance at a recording career. I would not be surprised if he eventually abused again – in fact, I expect it.

      • Andy

        Yeah? Well there is no excuse to rape liitle children but look at what michael jackson did AND got away with. I enjoy chris brown’s music and i like this song a lot. Should he have hit rihanna? Hell no. Should rihanna have told him about having an std before they had sex? Hell yes. They are BOTH at fault here.

    • jane

      no google the national coalition for men who has called on Rihanna to woman up for her abuse of chris brown! per court records rihanna hit chris 1st and multiple times before he struck her. does the same standards of abuse apply for her?

      • ashley

        so it’s okay he beat her? she brought it on herself?

      • Keish

        Ashley…can you answer the question? Was it ok for her to hit him if she did strike him first? I really would like to know your answer. Yes by all means he was wrong for how he attacked her and he could have handled it better but was it ok for her to touch him because she is a woman?

  • jfms777

    He seemed so fake and insincere on Wendy Williams this morning. What a loser.

  • Brenda DuBois

    Every time I look at him now, I see a monster. I just can’t help it. It’s a visceral reaction.

  • Eric

    No I am done. Don’t let the door hit you.

  • brandy

    i love this song!

    • chris

      I love this song! & the video is great! I think people need to grow up and realize that everybody makes mistakes. It what you do to correct your mistakes that determines what kind of person you are.

      • ML

        Tell that to Rhianna. It’s not just “a mistake”, it’s not something you can forgive and get over.

      • Really???

        This story is getting old. Chris Brown deserves a break, I don’t give a freak what you think. If he didn’t learn from this, yeah then crucify him, but he is learning and I can bet you he won’t ever hit another woman again. Now just tell Rhianna to learn…….about not being jealous and obessive……..bet she doesn’t learn.

      • Khristina

        Yeah- because if he doesn’t “learn from this, then crucify him”. Sure- let’s do just that…then he can be crucifed for his “mistake” when he takes a beating too far and actually KILLS A WOMAN. You bet he won’t hit another woman again??? If you really believe that, I have a bridge in London to sell you. Moron.

    • Shilling

      Me too.Hate the artist, luv the song.

  • Sarah

    ““So where do we go from here?” I’m pretty sure a roadside trash pick-up site and an anger-management counseling session are where you’re supposed to be going, Chris.”

    haaaahahaha.

  • Tim

    His music has always been and obviously, continues to be, crap.

    • Keish

      so why are you listening to it?

    • Mariana

      It wudlon’t surprise me if Rihanna and Chris Brown were married, and have been for months already

  • Annia

    Chris Brown who?

    • Keish

      that guy that you love to read about, follow and comment about…thats who

  • graeme

    Crap. I like this.

    • jane

      this song is wonderful what are you talking about?

  • Ash

    You really need to go on MTV and go read what the SONG is really about. Everything you said couldn’t be further from it. LMAO!

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