Just his Twitter account.
Apparently, Chris Brown fired off an angry tweet at his haters after winning an award at the recent Grammys. It said: “HATE ALL YOU WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F**K OFF!” (Go to this Mashable article to see the full tweet.)
Well, we already knew Chris Brown was classy.
But is it really a win for him? During the actual Grammys, I was typing ’til my hands hurt on twitter, along with all the other social media geeks I know (awards show are our Superbowl), and it was clear that Chris Brown’s appearances were NOT well received during this year’s show.
In fact, during each of his appearances, “woman abuser” became a trending topic.
If you don’t know, just about three years ago Chris Brown was dating the musician Rihanna, and during an incredible violent and unsettling episode (according to the police report), he beat her repeatedly and at length. He then apologized for the incident and promised to get help, and it’s taken until this year for him to rebuild his reputation – to some extent.
The New York Times wrote about the furor over Chris Brown’s Grammy appearances, and included the full tweets from Chris Brown about the negativity over his performances on the Grammys:
Then Mr. Brown shot back on Tuesday night in a series of comments on Twitter that have since been deleted. According to New Music Express andMTV.com, Mr. Brown wrote: “Strange how we pick and choose who to hate! Let me ask u this. Our society is full of rappers (which I listen to) who have sold drugs (poisoning). But yet we glorify them and imitate everything they do. Then right before the worlds eyes a man shows how he can make a Big mistake and learn from it, but still has to deal with day to day hatred! You guys love to hate!!! But guess what??? HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now!” He ended the rant with an expletive.
Many shared links to resources to help people who are being abused during Chris Brown’s performances, and if nothing else we can be grateful that he’s helping to spread awareness about the problem of domestic violence. Unfortunately, not all are getting the message, as this article in Buzzfeed shows: there are plenty of women on Twitter offering to “let” Chris Brown beat them anytime.
I hope those folks continue to live in a world where they don’t understand the true horror if being abused. Perhaps if they spend some time reading about domestic violence on Violence Unsilenced they’ll have a better understanding of what happened to Rihanna (February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and he and Rihanna were still hovering in their teens when this incident happened).
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