Lizzo slammed for asking Chris Brown for a photo
Lizzo found herself in the hot seat on social media after images of herself were posted asking Chris Brown for a photo and calling him a “favorite person.”
BuzzFeed noted that the interaction took place behind the scenes at The Millennium Tour, which features performances from early R&B and hip-hop greats including Omarion, Bow Wow and Ashanti.
Hit-maker “Truth Hurts” attended the show with friends and apparently had a fantastic time. She called the event her Super Bowl and posted a video montage of the tour’s moments on Twitter.
However, social media users took to the moment she met Brown backstage and asked for a photo. Although the interaction was not incorporated into its edit, a video of the meeting turned photo-opp has surfaced on social media anyway.
In the footage, Lizzo walks up to the “Forever” singer and requests a photo together.
“May I have a photo with you,” he can be heard asking Brown. “You are my favorite person in everyone f-king.” They then pose for a photo before Lizzo’s friends come in for a group photo.
Watch the video and group photo below.
On social media, disappointed fans questioned Lizzo’s decision and cited Brown’s problematic past as the ground for complaint.
The musician pleaded guilty to criminal assault in 2009 after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Since then, he has had several other run-ins with the law. In weekly contact compiled a comprehensive list of his legal issues, which includes allegations of rape and assault.
Twitter users went so far as to call out to Lizzo in response to the video. Many tweets criticized her for being a Brown fan.
However, she was not completely greeted with hatred. While his decision was certainly controversial, some have defended it by pointing out that other artists have collaborated with Brown or posed for photos with him over the years. That includes Drake, who has been outspoken about his decision to work with Brown as recently as 2019.
Still others have pointed out what they consider irony to hold Lizzo accountable when Rihanna herself worked with Brown after 2009.
Check out some of the answers below.
Neither Lizzo nor Brown appear to have commented on the situation.