In a new Instagram post, Bieber shared a meme that suggests Chris Brown is an amalgamation of Tupac and Michael Jackson (the latter being another fairly tone-deaf choice for a comparison in 2019). In its accompanying caption, Bieber wrote, "I'm calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time ... trust me watch you will see. the people who have over looked this mans talent because of a mistake he made.. you need to reevaluate!"
everyone wants to wait til people die To give them the credit they deserve. I'm calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time ... trust me watch you will see. the people who have over looked this mans talent because of a mistake he made.. you need to reevaluate! Love you @chrisbrownofficial
He signed off the post with a "love you" for Chris Brown, and Brown replied with an all-caps, "I LOVE YOU MAN! THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME. YOUR STAR SHINES SO BRIGHT AND YOUR HEART IS UNMATCHED! YOU ARE A KING BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU WERE PUT HERE TO INSPIRE AND CREATE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES BRO! IM WITH YA TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF AND WHEN THEY DO ... WE GONE GET SOME NEW WHEELS 😂🔥🙏🏽❤️"
The "mistake" Bieber is referring to is likely Brown's domestic violence case where he beat and threatened his then-girlfriend Rihanna, resulting in her hospitalization. Since then, however, Brown has had a number of run-ins with the law, most recently being arrested in Paris over a rape allegation.
Bieber's comment has since resulted in a great deal of criticism on social media. Presumably in response to the backlash, Bieber wrote on his Instagram story, "Bullying is not okay! Ever. It is actually killing people, young people." Read some posts about his comment below.
Here @ Justin Bieber I fixed it for you pic.twitter.com/FN18BkJk5w— B ✨ (@timmyt_chalamet) May 5, 2019
THIS is what Chris Brown did to Rihanna. don't EVER ever call it a mistake. abusing women is not a fuck!ng "mistake". Women die and Justin Bieber, who should inspire people, is out there saying that we have to reevaluate because it's a mistake? disgusting. and stop justifying him pic.twitter.com/K3viVjC3Wm— eli (@gomezsglowing) May 4, 2019
Justin Bieber : Chris Brown is MJ and 2 Pac combined!— 1989 Reputations (@nader_af1) May 4, 2019
Justin Bieber: *Openly supports Chris Brown (who assaults women) calling his actions a mistake & compares him to MJ & 2 Pac*— Ben #1 ME! Fan (@TS7Track3) May 4, 2019
Taylor Swift uses drums as part of a live performance:
People: She's a racist white supremacist! Copying Beyonce! Flat Ass! White Mediocrity! pic.twitter.com/pANdynTDZj
Justin Bieber about Chris Brown: "the people who have over looked this mans talent because of a mistake he made.. you need to reevaluate"— E 💫 (@whatimreadings) May 4, 2019
Chris Brown's "mistake": "I'm going to beat the shit out of you when we get home..... Now I'm really going to kill you" pic.twitter.com/qZNGCJaz9R