With Chris Brown’s Twitter deleted and gone (for now), Rihanna has stepped up to defend him from his haters in true passive-aggressive style: re-tweeting vulgar posts and images that are totally not meant to speak to anything having to do with humorist Jenny Johnson and Brown’s temper tantrum Sunday.
You know the story well by now. Jenny Johnson makes a regular habit out of tormenting Chris Brown, the singer finds out, he responds in scatological insults of 140 characters or less. We can debate all day whether or not Johnson is taking cheap shots at an easy target or just trolling for fun, but one thing is almost unanimously certain, even if it does escape the mindless online presence that is #teambreezy: Chris Brown’s reaction to Johnson was bizarre, immature, and even a little scary.
Johnson was probably baiting Brown, who is well-known for his incredible lack of self-control, but somewhere between advising a comic writer to s*** your d*** and telling her you’re going to sh** in her eye, you’ve crossed a vulgar, misogynistic line.
Which is how we know that Rihanna and Chris Brown are boyfriend and girlfriend again, even if they won’t admit it to the judgmental media: Because she’s defending him.
Rihanna started off by tweeting this image of Johnson’s anti-Brown tweets:
Okay, yes, that’s a lot of anti-Chris Brown tweets. We get your point, RiRi.
But you know those people in your life who post song lyrics or passive aggressive existential platitudes about human nature or love on their Facebook coincidentally in the days and weeks following a major break-up?
It’s kind of hard to not see those re-tweets as attacks on Johnson, whose final tweet on the matter was:
“I have zero respect for a person who seems unapologetic for the terrible crime he committed and shows no signs of changing.”
“Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????”
Mad about what? Being beaten? Yeah, that seems totally unreasonable.
But Brown has a point. Rihanna isn’t mad. And between her passive-aggressive defense of Chris Brown, her “suggestive” half-naked photos of the two in-and-around an unkempt bed over Thanksgiving, and the statistical probability that tells us abuse victims will usually go back to their abusers, we’re going out on a limb here and saying what we’re all thinking.
Rihanna is Chris Brown’s girlfriend.