Controversial singer Chris Brown says that his negative use of the word ‘gay’ was not intended to offend the gay community.
On Thursday, Brown accused paparazzi photographers of calling the police to tell them that his car was illegally parked, in order to photograph him being given a parking ticket.
While speaking to a parking meter attendant, who let him off, Brown turned to the paparazzi and said: “Ya’ll niggas is weak! Did ya’ll call them to try and film me? Ya’ll niggas gay.” The incident was caught on tape.
The 22-year-old chart-topping singer later tweeted: “I have total respect for Gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded that “invoking words meant to demean gay Americans is just plain unacceptable. Chris Brown should know better”.
The organisation told TMZ: “He irresponsibly neglected to recognise the impact of his words and the unacceptable message that it sends to couple the word gay with negative actions.”