Chris Brown has denied reports that he pulled out of attending Pride event in Atlanta over the weekend. The TheGAVoice.com, says this is the story;
The event was sponsored by Traxx Girls, a lesbian owned and operated entertainment company, and billed as the “biggest girl party in the country with over 4,000 women in attendance.” Brown, who was also in Atlanta to perform on his One Hell of A Nite Tour, had been prominently displayed on the Traxx Girls flyers. When the time came for Brown to fulfill his contract, he bailed –along with the fee he was paid as a retainer. His team’s reason: of the estimated 4,000 women in attendance, Brown refused to enter the building once he learned that a handful of gay men were present.
Melissa Scott, founder of Traxx Girls, says she’s “baffled” by the entire turn of events.
“I think it’s unfortunate for mainstream artists to take people’s money with the complete prior knowledge of knowing what the event is and being very clear about what the event is about. I’m completely baffled. You know it’s gay pride. You knew you agreed when you sent the contract in and took the money.”
Scott says she knew there was “trouble in paradise” when she and Brown’s team were exchanging text messages (which were verified by Georgia Voice) at 2AM and he still hadn’t arrived at the venue.
“I was being told to take his (Brown’s) image down because he looks a little feminine in that image, an image that he took. As a promoter I should be focused on my crowd. I had to send text messages of pictures of my crowd to say, there’s nothing but girls in here man.”
Brown was NOT scheduled to perform at the Traxx Girls event but had agreed to introduce R&B singer Teyana Taylor prior to her set who is currently on the road with him as one of his opening acts. Scott was able to get Fetty Wap, also on tour with Brown, as a last minute replacement…
“We called Fetty Wap who is the hottest artist in the country right now and he was five minutes away (from the venue) and asked him if he could come. He said ‘Hell yeah!’ I said it’s a gay party. It’s tons of people here. He said he didn’t care and was on his way.”
Scott says what transpired between she and Brown has never happened to her.
“It broke my heart to do that to my crowd. Some people flew in from LA. I had 100 girls who flew in from the UK to hang out with this guy in an environment they’re comfortable in.”
But Brown denies this in his Tweets;
“I wasn’t aware or informed of a show I supposedly cancelled. I have nothing but love and respect for the LGBT COMMUNITY. The show was never confirmed by any of my people. So I apologize if the fans wanted me there. I honestly wasn’t booked for the show. Hopefully in the future we can do it right. Much love LGBT”.
The implication in the media (and on the flyer, frankly) has been that he was to perform that night, which was NOT the case. He was just announcing Teyana, but if contracts were signed and money accepted, that’s a confirmed booking. You’re in town and you can’t be bothered to show up? Sounds like it might be time to do a charity benefit to show those LGBT fans you really DO “love and respect” them.
(via The GA Voice)