Chris Brown: I’m Not Going Anywhere
Some who tuned in to Sunday’s Grammys weren’t happy to see Chris Brown take the stage – twice to perform, and a third time to accept the best R&B album award – and it appears the artist hasn’t held back in response.
According to Mashable.com, which has an image of one of the tweets the 22-year-old posted Tuesday afternoon before deleting them, “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F*** OFF!” CNN has reached out to Brown’s rep, who has yet to respond.
He followed that up Wednesday with a message to the press: “Dear media, your plan is not working. I’m not going anywhere so get used to me.”
It was just three years ago, many detractors said, that the world was learning more about his assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, which happened before the 2009 Grammy Awards.
A Washington Post op-ed pointed out that while people should have second chances, that doesn’t mean “they deserve the chance to strut around the Grammys stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault.” The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted Sunday, “Chris Brown? I don’t look to the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words ‘felony assault’ mean anything at all?”
In addition to media critiques of Brown’s Grammy appearance, celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Jack Osbourne and Michelle Branch also openly disagreed with the Recording Academy’s decision to have Brown be a part of their program.
Lambert posted after checking out the show, “Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to [my song] ‘Gunpowder’ and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.” Osbourne, meanwhile, says that while he’s been getting “Chris Brown hate mail,” the singer’s supporters still haven’t changed his mind.
“Ok ok…I’ll stop,” he wrote Tuesday. “All you Chris Brown supporters are right. I am wrong…but before I go, remember one thing…. #chrisbrownbeatswomen.”
According to MTV, the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, has explained that the Grammys show is dictated by the Academy’s voting, and added, “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into.”
Meanwhile, Brown returned to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to thank his fans.
“TeamBreezy, the Grammy I received was for those of you who supported my music and the hard work and growth in my life,” Brown wrote. “I thank you! Love U!”