Joyner Lucas, the I’m Not Racist rapper, found himself donning shining armour, ready to slay trolls and haters on behalf of domestic abuser and rape-accused Chris Brown, amid recent controversies involving fellow artists Tinashe and Selena Gomez.
The first spark of this controversy was ignited when Tinashe, an artist who had previously collaborated with Brown, openly expressed her regrets about working with him.
She voiced her discomfort about their collaboration, stating that it was primarily a label decision that she wasn't pleased with.
that abuser wanted to tear tinashe down so bad but all he did was create publicity for her new album. now she got vids defending her going viral on tiktok lmao pic.twitter.com/lEUb6nhC2l— BB👼 (@jithongchy) September 19, 2023
Tinashe's comments cast a shadow on her past work with Brown, creating an uncomfortable atmosphere around their previous musical endeavours. Brown retaliated with a one-line response.
Another twist in the tale occurred during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) when Selena Gomez's facial expression garnered attention. Gomez seemed visibly displeased when Brown's name was announced as a nominee in the Best R&B category for his featured role on Chlöe Bailey's single, How Does It Feel.
The reaction set off a storm of online discussions and memes, putting Brown back in the spotlight for reasons he might not have anticipated.
An outspoken supporter of the rapper, Lucas took it upon himself to defend Brown in the face of growing criticism.
He declared war on anyone daring to diss Brown, as if he'd taken an oath to protect Breezy's honour at all costs as the self-appointed guardian of the Chris Brown fan club.
Brown seemed to appreciate Lucas's support, as he reposted the lengthy story on his own account, signalling his agreement with Lucas's stance.
Despite Lucas's firm defence of Brown, he faced significant backlash from social media users and the public. Critics argued that his support for Brown was inconsistent with his previous stance on similar issues.
However, when it came to allegations against his frequent collaborator Brown, Lucas took a different approach. He dismissed the accusations, stating on Instagram,
defending Brown's reputation as a charismatic figure who didn't need to engage in such behaviour.
He dismissed the accusations as attempts to tarnish his friend's legacy and even indulged in a bit of victim-blaming logic, claiming that Brown had no need for such behaviour given his ability to charm the ladies.
Lucas's impassioned defence of Brown included an unusual comparison to the likes of Malcolm X and Michael Jackson. He suggested that like Malcolm X, who had a troubled past before becoming a revolutionary figure, Brown should be judged on his talent and not his personal history.
However, this comparison did not sit well with many, as the contexts of their lives and actions were vastly different, making the analogy problematic and controversial.
This controversy involving Lucas and Brown raises questions about the responsibilities of celebrities in addressing allegations of misconduct within their industry.
Lucas's support for Brown has further ignited discussions about how the music industry handles accusations of wrongdoing and whether personal talent should always overshadow personal actions.