Chris Brown went on Twitter and issued what sounds like Chris Brown’s version of an apology for an apparently anti-gay statement he made about R&B singer Frank Ocean. As he was leaving a nightclub in the south of France last week, apparently having imbibed some adult beverages, Brown was set upon by paparazzi, one of whom asked his opinion on Ocean, who recently announced that he was gay.
Brown’s response was short: “Man, no homo.”
The meaning of “no homo” is still up for debate. In some quarters it is intended to mean that the speaker is denying any connection to homosexuality, but it isn’t necessarily harshly homophobic. At any rate, Brown was not pleased by the criticism he has been getting. His first tweet said, “My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ……… Love who u wanna love. It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS.”
But Brown wasn’t done yet. In a second tweet, Brown seemed to take aim at his critics:
“Everyone is so quick to point the wrong fingers at each other! Ask urself… Am I Doing everything I can to help the world ????”
Would have been nice if Brown then told us everything he was doing to help the world.
Ocean, a prolific writer who has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend and Beyoncé, wrote on his blog earlier this month about falling in love with an unidentified man as a teenager. “We spent that summer, and the summer after, together,” he wrote. “Everyday almost… Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping.”
Apparently Brown and Ocean have had beef before. They have gone at it on Twitter, and according to reports Brown even allegedly sent relatives to chase Ocean’s car in June 2011, according to the blog NewNowNext reported.