Shock News: Chris Brown NOT An Ally To Women
There’s been a lot of talk about Microsoft’s discriminatory bot, plagued by trolls who have taught it all the dark thoughts people on the internet seem to spew out on a daily basis. And maybe, like me, you might sit back and wonder – who are these sexist people? Aren’t they just cowards sitting anonymously behind their screens… and then you accidentally click through to Chris Brown’s Twitter page, and see the whole thing played out as a microcosm.
Brown’s Twitter is a tiny, little world, spewing misogynist gems. This isn’t even about his track record with violence and homophobia, which in any normal industry would have you blacklisted for life. In Billboard’s ‘Chris Brown’s Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments’ we see his assault of Rihanna comes in at number 3. We’re hoping this is a career low.
The latest move by Brown is to condemn R&B singer Kehlani’s attempted suicide as ‘attention seeking’.
As Hollywood Life reports, the Twittersphere has responded with a backlash to Brown’s comments. People aren’t happy with his comments, even the Daily Mail has condemned it as a ‘vicious tweet’. But, the Twitter outrage is just noise against the wind, Brown will once away walk unscratched, apart from an online backlash and some think-pieces like this. His music will still be made, he’ll still collaborate with the biggest artists around, and he’ll still be considered a go-to to lend star power to female artists like Pia Mia, Tinashe and Rita Ora. For Brown, he’s just daring to say it: “#YEAHIMTHROWINGSHADE”. For him, these comments against Kehlani are #shade, which implies something a bit playful, a bit of a diss. Not something that might be triggering for the person on the receiving end, just moments after they’ve been through a traumatic experience.
There’s a larger point to be made about Brown’s expectation of entitlement – seen in light of the other comments around Brown’s opinion of Kehlani (warning: they even include emojis).
After Ke$ha’s high profile case against Dr Luke, where the discrepancies between how men and women are treated in the music industry were highlighted, we see a direct comparison between how Brown’s increasingly lucrative career has coincided with Ke$ha’s failed attempts to make music.
Brown is well aware of how the music industry works, and sees no reason to alter his views on women. His bro-centric view of the world means that Kehlani’s experience isn’t about her, but rather about the man she was dating. For Brown, slut shaming is par of the course (imagining their “stank sex”) and his comments evoke the Nice Guy™ mentality, which says that “nice” men are consistently and knowingly spurned by women, who only want Alpha Males . If you ever want to look down the rabbit hole that is Pick Up Artist language and mentality, take a little look on the Red Pill Reddit.
Brown’s comments, although being challenged on Twitter (and rightly so), are sadly just a snippet of a male-centric mentality that outcastes female experience and hides in plain sight on comment threads and reddit forums. It hides, because even when challenged we don't know if IRL we're talking to one of the trolls - but it's in plain sight, because it seems to pervade every corner of the 'net.
In fact, one of Brown’s latest tweet, put out today, sums it up: “The amount of followers I got and the amount of comments are the amounts of fucks I give”. No consequences, no fucks to give.
Words: Jade French