Over the weekend, Justin Bieber shared yet another divisive and controversial opinion with the Internet via his Instagram account.
Just last week the pop singer came under fire for claiming that Eminem "doesn't understand" current-day rap music.
And this Saturday, Bieber shared the opinion that Chris Brown was the combination of Michael Jackson and Tupac. He also stated that Brown was "overlooked" in the music industry today and moreover, that people who are overlooking him for the "mistake" he made should "reevaluate" their opinion.
Check out the Instagram post below:
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The photo, above, was shared by Bieber with the following caption:
The "mistake" that Bieber is referring to is more than likely the 2009 assault of Rihanna while the two were still a couple.
Brown was charged with felony assault and with making criminal threats following the incident. While he initially pled not guilty to the two counts, he inevitably pled guilty to a single felony count and only served probation, counselling and community service.
Many fans of Rihanna, as well as Bieber fans, were shocked and outraged that the current "prince of pop," would consider the battery above as a simple "mistake," and to go so far as to tell people who still hold the felony against Brown that they need to "reevaluate" their opinions of him.
People were quick to call Bieber out for greatly downplaying the 2009 assault. It might be worth mentioning that Bieber was only 15 at the time of the assualt, and therefore probably has a skewed sense of the incident's context. With that said, at this point, he is now a grown, married man who could seriously do more to appreciate the impact of such a post.
What is equally shocking is the outpouring of support Brown also received from countless other musicians and celebrities. The tweet below has tagged several known celebs that made a point of commenting on the original Instagram photo.
I'm really disappointed that these artists would take the time to show their support for Chris Brown, but didn't take the time to speak out about domestic violence or their support of Rihanna through any of this. We see you.
Chris Brown also took the time to respond to the post with the comment below:
Of course, the meme-type tweets weren't far behind. And while this isn't a laughing matter in the slightest, we can't help if a good tweet helps us laugh through the angry tears.
While "mistake" was clearly a poor choice of words on Bieber's part, let's not pretend that men who have abused women in the past can't be rehabilitated. We are all capable of change.
What sets Brown apart is his constant implication in cases similar to the Rihanna assault. Just three months ago Brown faced rape charges in Paris. He continuously fails to show remorse or responsibility for his own violent actions against women, which makes Bieber's commendation even more disturbing.
So while we are all capable of change, Chris Brown doesn't look like he's trying very hard.
Say it again for the people in the back, sis.