To celebrate International Women’s Day, Chris Brown took to social media to share one of his favourite songs, posting the a clip from the video for Vanessa Carlton’s 2001 hit “A Thousand Miles”.
Carlton did not appreciate it after she found her own social media being tagged to Brown’s account, and she issued a terse response.
“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 wrote.
“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. Thank you #internationalwomensday,” she concluded, referring to Brown infamously beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna (he was sentenced to five years’ probation), while subsequent girlfriend Karrueche Tran took out a restraining order against him after claiming he threatened to kill her.
Brown shared her statement while adding his own response (he’s since deleted that as well).
“I actually posted a song that was and is a great song,” wrote Brown in the deleted tweet (below), “and the artist felt she was doing her duty as a WOMAN to continue to spread this kind of hatred today. I won’t keep it up long. I just hope she knows she is loved and her song is great.”
Brown followed that up by posting a different video of Carlton’s song — the clip from “White Chicks” in which “A Thousand Miles” makes an unforgettable appearance. “I LOVE THIS SONG!” Brown proclaimed in the all-caps caption.