‘I don’t want to be associated with it’: Singer Chris Hayes speaks out on Chris Brown controversy
Posted On June 30, 2021
On Sunday, Chris Brown released a new song, titled “Chillin’ Out,” featuring the actor.
The track features an opening number from the actor and a chorus from singer John Fletcher.
“We’re all the same in the sense that we all want to make music, we all love music, and we’re all trying to do the best we can,” Fletcher told MTV News.
“I don.t.want to be associating with it.”
On Friday, the actor issued a statement saying he has no regrets about the video.
“As an entertainer, my music is for everyone, regardless of age, race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, etc.,” Brown wrote.
“It’s my life and my passion, and I’ve always loved it.
But my choice to create this video was not about being a racist or being disrespectful to any person or any community.
I was only creating music to entertain.
It’s just a video. “
The video was a statement of love and support for the fans who support me, and it was my way of saying that I’m OK with the video, because I love Chris.
It’s just a video.
It was not a message to anyone else.”
Fletcher is one of many musicians who have weighed in on the controversy surrounding Brown’s “Chill Out” video, which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube.
One of the most notable vocal critics of the video is singer/songwriter/producer Dua Lipa.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lipa spoke out about Brown’s decision to use his image in the song and criticized the actor’s “trolling” tactics.
“For a lot of people, it’s like, ‘Who is this guy?
What’s his background?’
Because it’s a white guy in a white suit,” Lipa said.
“That’s not his background, it just looks like a white man in a suit.
But I know he’s a really good artist.
I’ve known him for years.
And this is what he does for a living.
I’m just like, man, it is so sad.
And it’s so sad that people would use that video as an opportunity to try and do whatever they can to try to ruin the career of a musician who’s a great artist and a good man.”
Foster The People, a nonprofit that supports LGBT youth in need, has been critical of the song, saying it promotes a “sexualized” image of a black man.
“You can hear the difference,” Foster The People said in a statement on Friday.
“This is what happens when a white singer takes a video that depicts a black person, who’s already been through so much, and turns it into an opportunity for a white person to take a video of a man of color.
It isn’t about equality; it’s about trying to get a job and be a white male.”
Brown has yet to respond to Foster The Youths’ criticism.
“What he has done in the video makes it sound like he’s being disrespectful,” Foster said.