He sings. He dances. And, he tells funny jokes. By all accounts, Cedric Antonio Kyles better known as Cedric the Entertainer is talented. But he was embattled in a major controversy in 2002 when his character “Eddie” from Barbershop said disparaging words about civil rights pioneer (and former Detroit resident) the late Rosa Parks.
The controversy resulted in heated talk radio discussions, an apology from the Barbershop producers, boycott threats from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Mrs. Parks’ refusal to attend the 2003 NAACP Image Awards. But now in 2009, the issue seems to be a distant memory.
It may take consumers of popular culture much longer to get over the controversy that ensued when R&B singer Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna in early 2009. Everyone from Oprah to Tyra Banks to Larry King has weighed in on the altercation. He has lost major endorsements, lost radio air time and has kept a relatively low-profile in the situation’s wake.
So what’s the relationship between Cedric the Entertainer and Chris Brown? Both are talented. Both have made solid contributions to the entertainment world. Both are coming to Detroit-area venues soon. Can audiences separate past controversy from current work?
Cedric the Entertainer has proven himself to be marketable after controversy. But given the gravity of Chris Brown’s crime, he may have a much tougher time bouncing back. He has pleaded guilty to assault in court. But the jury is still out as to whether he has been forgiven in the court of public opinion.
Chris Brown (with special guest, New Boyz) comes to The Royal Oak Music Theatre
on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. This all ages show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 ($35.00 day of show). Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office, Tickets.com outlets, online at tickets.com or charge by phone at (800) 919-6272. For more information, visit royaloakmusictheatre.com or call (248) 399-2980.
Cedric the Entertainer comes to the Detroit Opera House on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. This all ages show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $35.00, $55.50, and $85.00. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the Detroit Opera House Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
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