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Cheryl Burke, like "Dancing" host Tom Bergeron, is not pleased that Chris Brown is performing on the show on Tuesday, March 29.
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updated 3/31/2011 1:21:10 PM ET 2011-03-31T17:21:10
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Safe to say, we've never been fans of the double standard the whole Chris Brown situation has been consistently reflecting since his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. For starters there was that freebie of a verdict we think he received: community service and probation.

And now that ABC has basically swept the whole dressing room freak-out under the rug in order to protect Brown for his stint tonight on "Dancing With the Stars," the network seems to be sending him the message that his dangerous 'tude is A-OK.

Newsflash, it's not. Cheryl Burke obviously thinks so.

"As a victim of domestic violence, I don't agree with him coming on the show, but it's out of my control," the "DWTS" pro dished to Extra.

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But ABC's not going to say that—or agree with it. Puh-leeze, especially with a TV performance that is about to reel in some massive ratings at stake!

Brown is set to perform two songs tonight, but he might have to introduce himself for obvious reasons.

"Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron asked show producers to keep him as far away from Brown as possible during his guest number on the hit dancing competition.

'Dancing' host hesitant to interview Chris Brown

Bergeron dished to Ryan Seacrest: "I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him."

Great idea since not only would it be really awkward, but you never know when that fuse will burst. We hope Tom disapproves of the show's decision to honor C.B.'s invitation after that dressing-room tirade as much as Burke does!

It's too bad the tight-knit ABC family isn't registering Brown's anger levels as dangerous red flags. He seemed about to Hulk out of his cut-off jean vest during that GMA interview, and now ABC's willing to risk a potential freak-out repeat (we all know it's only a matter of time until the next one) by having him on its airwaves again.

Also, even though the network denies it, we have been assured by reliable ABC sources that mission numero uno—as far as its Brown coverage goes—would be to facilitate a "sitdown" between Chris and Rihanna.

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Reps for Brown and Rihanna still have not said if their clients would ever be interested in such a public spectacle, which, of course, is exactly what it would be, as ABC well knows.

The guy beat his girlfriend to a pulp for Christ's sake! That's not something ABC, or any member of Team Breezy, should be proud of endorsing or putting on air. You know why?

Just one reason is this constant, "forget about it" 'tude that Brown keeps sporting sends a message to his fans, and to stupid potential GFs: Moral standards are unnecessary if you're a celeb.

Bottom line, when you ef up your cushy double-standard comeback, you've really effed up, and Team Truth is one less team that will be singing "Yeah 3x" to that.

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  1. Two stars for one

    R&B singer Chris Brown poses in the media room at the BET Awards 2011 held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 26, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A start in street art

    Brown visits Art in the Streets the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles on May 26, 2011. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Smiles in court

    Brown appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation progress report hearing in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2011. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He was given a sentence of five years probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. His idol

    Brown peforms a Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. On the big screen

    Brown arrives at the premiere of the film "Takers" at Arclight Cinema Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2010. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. For the record ...

    Larry King, left, speaks with Brown as his mother Joyce Hawkins, center, wipes her eye during an interview Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, on the "Larry King Live" show in Los Angeles, his first public interview since his arrest in February for assaulting Rihanna. (Peter "Hopper" Stone / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Receiving his sentence

    Brown stands next to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. The singer received 5 years probation and 180 days of community labor, as the result of a plea deal, after he was charged with two felonies for assault on Rihanna. (Rick Loomis / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Remembering Michael

    Chris Brown attends the Michael Jackson public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (Kevin Mazur / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Avoiding jail

    Brown heads into court in Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing on Monday, June 22, 2009. Moments before the hearing was set to begin, an announcement was made that a plea deal had been reached in the singer's felony assault case. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Magic moment

    On the same night as Rihanna, Brown attends the NBA Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Elsa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Not guilty plea

    Brown, right, stands next to his attorney as he appears for his arraignment on two felony charges in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, April 6, 2009. The R&B singer plead not guilty to charges stemming from an attack on Rihanna. (Damian Dovarganes / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Happier times

    Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2008. Brown, 19, one of the fastest rising stars of the last two years, was freed on $50,000 bail after being arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, whose rise to fame equals his. The incident occurred in Brown's car early Feb. 9, several hours before the two were to appear at the Grammy Awards. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The voice

    Brown performs during a concert in Amsterdam on Jan. 16. Brown rose to fame as a sweet-faced, 16-year-old with an engaging voice and amazing dance skills with the 2005 smash hit "Run It!" (Marcel Antonisse / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Year's best

    Brown accepts the artist of the year award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Full of promise

    Brown performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 12, 2008. The singer has been featured in movies such as dance flick "Stomp the Yard," had top-selling tours and a string of hits, including "Forever" and "No Air" with Jordin Sparks, for which he was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Crowd appeal

    The audience reaches out to touch Brown during an appearance on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Moonman

    Brown poses backstage with his award for best male video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Orange crushed

    Brown arrives at the 21st Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 29, 2008. There was immediate fallout from Brown's arrest Feb. 9, 2009, with Wrigley stopping all ad and marketing campaigns tied to Brown, who had been their Doublemint gum pitchman. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moves

    Brown performs on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center on Friday, June 6, 2008. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. What next?

    Brown performs on TODAY on Aug. 31, 2007. At the times of his arrest, Brown was near the end of promoting his platinum-selling "Exclusive" CD and was concentrating on filming movies. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Before the fall

    Rihanna and Brown are seen at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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