As if Chris Brown doesn’t already have a tarnished image to polish up, the “Look at Me Now” artist has become the most recent celebrity under fire for using a homosexual slur.
Chris, whose track record of handling stressful situations isn’t too impressive, resorted to name-calling recently when an official was preparing to ticket his car.
“Y’all n_ggas is gay!” he said.
In response, the Human Rights Campaign issued this statement: “Invoking words meant to demean gay Americans is just plain unacceptable. Chris Brown should know better.”
Following the media attention, Chris offered an apology via Twitter, “I have total respect for Gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it. #REALSH_T.”
Unfortunately for Chris, this isn’t the first time the gay community has found his words offensive. Late last year, he was deemed a homophobe for a Twitter post targeting B2K member Raz-B.
As the two argued back and forth, Chris wrote, “Why when the money was coming in you won’t complaining about getting butplugged! #homothug”
He didn’t retract his statements, but attempted to clean them up by writing, “I love everyone.”
Of course, Chris isn’t the only celebrity to recently offend the LGBT community. Tracy Morgan is still apologizing for a weeks-old stand-up comedy act in which he “joked” that he would kill a child of his who seemed gay.
NBA player Kobe Bryant received a hefty fine for using a gay slur to insult a referee during a game.
However, some Chris fans are less concerned about the fact that his insult was considered homophobic and more troubled that he seems to have a short fuse.
Former BET host, Big Tigger, addressed Chris on his radio show this morning. Based on the Twitter responses, most of Tigger’s listeners are concerned with Chris’ recent behavior and want him to get some guidance.
See the Twitter comments below.
—Tracy L. Scott
What do you think? Is Chris Brown in a downward spiral or should people just leave him alone? Leave your comments below.
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