[Editor’s note: Chris Brown deleted his Twitter after this post was written. Rather than restructure the whole post, I just added this little tidbit of information. Happy Reading!]
Normally, I don’t say anything about celebrity antics on Twitter. Especially when it comes to repeat offenders like Chris Brown. Actually, I was going to leave this incident alone too until I saw this Huffington Post headline race across my timeline:
Chris Brown’s Vulgar Twitter Attack On Jenny Johnson, Comedy Writer (NSFW TWEETS)
Sigh. I saw the exchange as it happened and HuffPo makes it seem like Brown just jumped all over Johnson for no reason even though the tweet they printed in their article shows that she insulted the famously tempermental singer first.
From Huffington Post:
Like many people on Twitter, former news producer and current comedy writer Jenny Johnson (under her handle @JennyJohnsonHi5) frequently makes fun at the expense of controversial R&B singer Chris Brown. But unlike most, Johnson found herself the target of an extended vulgar, sexist response from Brown on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson, who is often citedas one of the funniest presences on Twitter, has poked fun at Brown ever since his 2009 arrest for beating his then (and maybe current?) girlfriend Rihanna, largely due to his apparent lack of remorse. One of Johnson’s most popular tweets, “Call me old fashioned, but Chris Brown should be in prison,” was retweeted 1,869 times.
But it wasn’t until she tweeted the following that she grabbed Brown’s attention: “I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a person. RT @chrisbrown: I look old as fuck! I’m only 23…”
Brown, who has 11.6 million followers on Twitter, responded by hurling sexual, graphic insults toward Johnson.
I admit, Brown’s responses to her comments were vulgar and sexist as hell. I will even admit that overall, he’s a sexist, homophobic and all-around fucked up individual. That said, that doesn’t give Miss Johnson the right to insult him unprovoked under the guise of advocacy for domestic violence survivors. That stupid argument didn’t solve anything. I saw no advocacy or semblance of productive discussion. Brown told her to fellate him and she told him to get help AFTER she went back and forth with him. Perhaps, the exchange would have been more productive if she started out telling him to get help. If she hadn’t started out insulting him, that whole thing could have been prevented or maybe Brown would have acted a fool anyway and I would be writing a completely different blog post.
Another thing that made me really uncomfortable was how quick HuffPo jumped at the opportunity to paint Johnson as a victim of a “vicious attack” as if she had no part in provoking the argument. It make me wonder how the article would have been written if it was Charlie Sheen instead of Chris Brown fighting with Johnson. There has always been a difference in how the media covered the Chris Brown/Rihanna saga. Charlie Sheen is given cult figure status even though his track record with women is horrid. Needless to say, this whole thing was horrible.
Chris Brown needs to stay his ass off Twitter and do some growing up. He needs to get help. Telling people to ask Rihanna if she is still mad and telling them to suck you off is just awful.
Jenny Brown needs to find a PRODUCTIVE way to help domestic violence victims. Go volunteer at a shelter. Assist with a helpline. Donate to a domestic violence organization. She should look to the women of Guyana and see how they dealt with Chris Brown potentially performing in their country. Get off Twitter and really do something.
Just back away from the keyboards.
What do you think? Do you side with Jenny Johnson or Chris Brown? Leave a comment.