Chris Brown returns from his Twitter timeout, declaring victory

Chris Brown quit Twitter for a stretch Sunday after launching into a vulgar tirade against a female comedian who'd insulted him.
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<i>This post has been updated, as detailed below.</i>

Oh, Chris Brown, you petulant superstar. It looks as if Breezy’s Twitter timeout Sunday night was merely a dramatic pause so he could clean up some self-generated trash from his timeline.

Brown disappeared from Twitter on Sunday after a vulgar tirade against Jenny Johnson, a comedian who’d seized the opportunity when the singer commented profanely on how old he looked for his mere 23 years.


“I know! Being a worthless piece ... can really age a person,” she replied in similarly profane fashion.

And then it was off to the races, with Brown calling Johnson a “hoe” — she corrected his spelling on that one — and expressing a desire to perform an especially unsanitary act on her during sex.

After closing his argument with, “Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????,” Brown shut down his account for a stretch without explanation. The exchange with Johnson is now deleted, though an explanation of it addressed to his fans remains:

“To teambreezy ... Know that I’m not upset. Just felt like entertaining the ignorance,” Brown wrote. “Further proved my point of how immature society is.”

Johnson, who regularly tweets at or about celebrities at their comedic expense, explained herself as well, referring to Brown’s felony assault conviction: “I have zero respect for a person who seems unapologetic for the terrible crime he committed and shows no signs of changing.”

By Monday morning, however, her tweets had taken a turn as she remarked on the reaction she’d had from Chris Brown fans.

“It’s alarming how many death threats I’m receiving via @ replies. I encourage everyone, including @Twitter to look through them. Not cool.”

The foul-mouthed rant was captured for posterity by several outlets, including in retweets from Johnson. Because even if you take a timeout, the Internet never forgets.

[Updated, 3:45 p.m. Nov. 26: So much for a timeout. Though the @chrisbrown page was active for a bit early in the day Monday, he’s currently still MIA in the Twitterverse.]

So — did Breezy prove a point about society’s immaturity? Or, you know, not so much? Share your thoughts in comments.


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