Vanessa Carlton calls Chris Brown a 'perpetrator of domestic violence' after he used her song on IWD

Vanessa Carlton, pictured in 2015, was uncomfortable with Chris Brown’s support. (Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump‘s not the only high-profile figure whose support of International Women’s Day has backfired.

As Billboard reports, singer Chris Brown took a moment on March 8 to recognize IWD with a post (since deleted) featuring a clip of Vanessa Carlton’s 2002 hit, “A Thousand Miles.”

Here’s why the tribute didn’t go over so well: Brown has been a controversial figure since his 2009 arrest for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. The “Run It!” singer pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to probation and domestic violence counseling.

Chris Brown’s fans are coming to his defense. (Photo: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Riveting Entertainment)

Carlton felt compelled to distance herself from Brown’s support and pointed out his abusive past. Her Instagram post has been deleted, and her account is now set to private.

According to a screenshot acquired by The Shade Room, Carlton told her followers that she did “not want to be associated with an artist that has assaulted women on a day like today.” Brown then responded by saying her post was “spreading hatred.”


Undeterred, he replaced his original post with a clip from the 2004 comedy White Chicks, which features the song.


Meanwhile, many of Brown’s fans are accusing Carlton of overreacting.









Still, Carlton has plenty of supporters who stand by her decision to reject Brown’s overture on the basis of his past behavior.





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