Justin Bieber’s ongoing media roasting and legal issues aren’t things most will experience, but to Chris Brown it’s ‘been there, definitely done that’ and he is now showing some support for the embattled Canadian.
Ostensibly plugging his upcoming album X and new single “Fine China,” the 23-year-old recently spoke with Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club.
During the discussion, Brown talked about Bieber’s much debated behavior and bad press and said he understood what the 19-year-old was going through.
“With him [Bieber] it’s a case of how I feel. It’s being young, having limitless amount of income for whatever you want to do as a young guy. And then, at the same time, you don’t have nobody that’s gonna say, ‘Hey, bruh, you look whack right now.'”
Most will remember that Brown brutally assaulted his then, and now, girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Subsequently put on probation and given a community labor sentence — now disputed by the L.A County District’s Office — the Virginia native had some strong words on how race factors into media narratives.
Referring to some of the current opinions (US mostly) floating that blame Lil Twist and Lil Za for Bieber’s troubles, Brown continued:
“I feel like the mainstream media, and I don’t care I ain’t in it but this my own [what] I’m going say about it. I just feel like they’re gonna target the little black boys around him [Bieber] and say, ‘Hey, so this is why he’s doing it. I’m damn sure glad I’m not around!”
He added: “I pray for him [Bieber] I pray for myself. I think we both go through it because we’re great artists. He’s a big artist to his fans and everybody, you know? He’s like Baby Elvis out here.”
Brown makes a good point and it’s one that was discussed by another Inquisitr writer when pictures of Lil Twist and Bieber allegedly smoking weed surfaced in January.
In the US, with its blood stained, racially divided history there is an undeniable ‘stay in your lane’ theme that rears its head when blame is being assigned and different races are involved. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl ‘nipple-gate,’ a clear case in point.
They may not be best buddies but Brown and Bieber worked together on 2011’s “Next To You” which appeared on Brown’s fourth album F.A.M.E. Likewise, for those are interested, there are YouTube’s galore out there of a young kid from Statford, Ontario singing Brown’s hits.
Bieber is currently waiting to hear whether he will be prosecuted over battery allegations. A neighbor has claimed that the pop star spat on and threatened to kill him during an argument outside his Calabasas, Calif., home last Tuesday.
Right about now, Brown’s prayers will come in handy.