Don’t let the sweet lyrics of Vanessa Carlton fool you, this woman’s not to be messed with. She’s taken on rapper Chris Brown this International Women’s Day, in a bid to stand up for the survivors of domestic violence everywhere.
It started when Brown, 28, uploaded a clip of Carlton’s 2002 hit A Thousand Miles to Instagram. The post has since been deleted but, in the caption, Brown reportedly said the song is “lit forever”.
Fans of the songstress were quick to react, pointing out Carlton, 37, would likely be appalled at her song being shared by the same man who beat his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in a 2009 domestic violence dispute. Especially on International Women’s Day.
Her fans were right and, after being tagged in the post several times, Carlton released a statement.
“Today Chris Brown posted my video. I am now being repeatedly tagged to his account. Being that today is International Women’s Day I feel compelled to draw a line,” she said in an Instagram post, though her account has since been made private.
“I support survivors not perpetrators of domestic violence. I do not want to be associated with an artist that has assaulted women on a day like today.”
Brown, not taking the hint, fired back.
He reposted Carlton’s statement, saying she was “spreading hatred”.
Then, he uploaded a clip of the movie White Girls featuring Carlton’s song, in what’s clearly meant as an insult.
But there’s only one person coming out of this looking like a boss. And that’s the woman who shamed Brown for the violence he’s admitted to, and then made her social media private to let the world burn without her.
On you, Carlton. And happy International Women’s Day.
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