It’s been a whirlwind of a week for Chris Brown and his troubled relationship with Twitter
Brown has not yet spoken out about the incident, but on Friday (November 30), Johnson broke her silence with a personal essay via GQ magazine, in which she says she does not regret the incident but has learned a lot from the ordeal, which included receiving thousands of death threats.
“This is not an apology. I just want to clear some things up,” Johnson began, summarizing what went down during the heated Twitter exchange.In a previous interview, Chris Brown said he was trying to curb his “venting” on Twitter.
She wrote that she assumed people would stop talking about her after a couple days — but they haven’t.
“I didn’t want attention from all of this,” she continued. “If I wanted attention, I would have accepted all of the invitations to be on shows and to actually give exclusive interviews, but I declined all of them. I didn’t think the thousands of (misspelled) death threats I got would have people thinking I saw myself as a victim, because I am NOT a victim of anything, nor have I ever thought I was (excluding the time I paid to see ‘The Village’). I’ve had people assume I dislike Chris Brown because I’m taking up for Rihanna, I’m not. I’m on the side of good, of equality and respect for my fellow woman. I was raised to not respect a person who doesn’t respect others. And one human being physically harming another human being is one of the most disrespectful acts there is. I have never been a victim of domestic abuse, nor was I raised in a house where there was abuse. I do, however, know people who have been victims of abuse by a so-called ‘loved one’ and I’ve seen the long term damage it does.”
The feud started after Brown tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, “I look old as f—! I’m only 23.” Johnson, who has been taking comedic pot shots at Brown online for several years since the singer pleaded guilty to felony assault on ex- (and perhaps current) girlfriend Rihanna, responded with the comment, “I know! Being a worthless piece of sh– can really age a person.” Brown took the bait, leading to a vulgar exchange that included a threat to “shart” in Johnson’s mouth.
In her GQ piece, Johnson reiterated the fact that, as a comedian, her Twitter account is meant to be funny, i.e. not to be taken too seriously, and she took responsibility for setting Brown off in what she said was “certainly not my finest hour, but here we are.”
“Even though I promised myself I would remain quiet on this subject, I just felt the need to clear the air on these certain topics,” Johnson wrote in closing. “Don’t worry Team Breezy, your hero is still on Instagram under the handle F—YoPictures. #Classy.”