Guess who attended the 2020 Grammy Awards besides BTS? Ailee!!!
One eagle-eyed fan noticed Ailee in the background of one of the shots at the 2020 Grammy Awards and shared it online. Fans were excited to see the beloved talented singer attend such a prestigious award show.
— 🍑 (@angelicpeachh) January 27, 2020
Later, she shared photos with many stars such as Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, and Chris Brown. She also shared a video of BTS performing at the ceremony and captioned,
“Glad to see you guys here.”
Fans freaked out when they saw her photo with Billie Eilish and requested the two to collab. However, one thing took away from her fans’ excitement and brought criticism, her photo with Chris Brown.
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Chris Brown is a notorious singer known for his controversies including the highly publicized abuse case with singer Rihanna. After fans saw the photo, many criticized her and expressed disappointment with her for posting a photo with Chris Brown.
Ailee edited the description of the post containing Chris Brown’s photo and said:
“Edit for the last time!! When I said “he WAS one of the artists I enjoyed listening to growing up and thats a fact that will never change. “ i meant the fact that i enjoyed his music when I was younger will never change. “I TOOK THIS PHOTO WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEGE OF WHAT HE DID!!!” the only thing on my mind was literally “oh wow!! CB! I used to love his songs!” I DO NOT and WILL NOT support women, men, pet, animal or any other kinds of abusers and the ONLY reason im keeping this post up is to CLARIFY the reason i took this pic in the first place. I DO NOT THINK LIGHTLY OF ANY ABUSES. Now stop giving me so much shit for something I didnt even know happened and leave me alone DAYUM.”
However, her explanation wasn’t well-received especially since she’s claiming to have never been aware of Chris Brown’s situation with Rihanna. Fans find it hard to believe since Ailee lived in America for a very long time and the news were everywhere when it had happened.
Here are some fans’ comments:
On the other hand, other fans defended Ailee and pointed out that you can like the art but not the artist. Here are some of their tweets:
Stop attacking Ailee for taking a photo with Chris Brown. Don’t make it such a big deal. She does not support what he did in the past! I don’t either but I still like his music, not him. Like chill tf out, peeps! https://t.co/IBWlaKb1zi
— Chelsy💋 (@The0nlyChelly) January 27, 2020
lmao ailee’s comment section on her pic with chris brown. people are acting like she’s gonna legit get cancelled? if chris brown still gets to go to the grammys and win awards, after abusing multiple women, then obviously she’s fine. look at the bigger issue, assholes.
— kriss (@ninjakriss) January 27, 2020
AILEE EDUCATED HERSELF ABOUT CHRIS BROWN AND APOLOGIZED…WE LOVE A WOMAN WHO LEARNS FROM HER ACTIONS
— #⃝ heels⁷ (@milfmomo) January 27, 2020
Y’all want to criticize everything idols do.. crazy how male idols have continuously expressed their love and admiration for Chris Brown but Ailee posts a picture with him and yall want to bully her into an apology!?? Thank god she has thick skin and is able to defend herself!
— Azucar (@YoongisAzucar) January 27, 2020
Following Ailee’s post, various news outlets covered the news including the popular drama website “The Shade Room.” Chris Brown ended up responding to Ailee with a comment on the post of her photo with him, he called her “CORNBALL.”
Many fans didn’t understand the meaning, so here it is: CORNBALL has a couple of definitions according to the Urban dictionary, here are two definitions of the word:
“One who tries to be cool, but doesn’t see just how uncool he really is…”
“A wack person, someone who thinks they’re cool.”
What do you think of Ailee’s explanation and Chris’s response? Do you think she deserves to be criticized?