By Arturo R. García
So if you searched for @ChrisBrown on Twitter late Sunday night, this is what you got:
Brown appears to be off of the platform, at least for now, after getting into it with comedy writer Jenny Johnson.
The exchange seems to have started with this:
And it devolved from there (NSFW + misogyny warning) leading to this salvo from Brown:
Before he either deleted or was advised to delete his account, prompting cheers for Johnson’s efforts.
But, while there’s no defending Brown’s language–to say nothing of his misogynistic actions and rhetoric–it’s important to note that, as the Huffington Post reported, this was far from their first encounter on Twitter. And for what it’s worth, Rihanna herself highlighted this on Instagram at one point, in a post that was apparently later deleted.
In an interview with PaperMag, Johnson discussed building her Twitter presence in part through repeated mockery of not only Brown, but Kim Kardashian:
As for Kim Kardashian, the whole Kardashian family is famous based on the dad being OJ Simpson’s defense attorney and then, really, with her making that sex tape. But no one ever acknowledges it! They’re never like, “Gee, the reason everyone knows who we are is because Kim had sex with Ray J on camera and sold a tape, made money, and now we have shows, multiple shows and spin-offs.” I don’t have a real disdain for her but I just think she’s delusional. For her to continue going on about how hard she’s working, it’s like, Oh my god, you sold jewelry on QVC! You’re really going to compare that to working hard? She’ll tweet something on a Tuesday like, “Oh god, just went to the gym. Two hour work-out and now I’m gonna go have breakfast with my mom. What’s everyone else up to today?” Working at my job, Kim, like everyone else. We don’t all get to go work out for two hours and then go hang out with our mom. Everyone else has to make a paycheck and pay their bills. I find it funny to poke fun at her because her problems are not real-people problems. And she doesn’t seem to grasp that concept.
The situation had regressed further as of Monday morning, when Johnson reported getting death threats from Brown fans.
The floor is yours, Racializens.