Chris Brown’s Twitter is always in the spotlight, and it’s usually because of controversial statements made by the singer.

But this week, he tweeted in support of gay rights to a campaign in Africa:


“Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who you wanna love. Stop the hate and sign here. #unity.

From Huffington Post:

Brown tweeted about gay rights Monday in relation to an petition asking Cameroon’s President Paul Biya and other local politicians to stop anti-gay violence in the region. The petition, which currently has more than 70,000 signatures, asks Biya to prevent attacks and discrimination, end the criminalization of homosexuality, and free all gays who are currently incarcerated due to their sexual orientation.

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Brown’s outward support for the cause is shocking because of his history of anti-gay rhetoric.

In 2011, he called photgraphers homophobic slurs when he thought they told police on him. Last year, Frank Ocean told police that Brown had called him a “faggot” during an altercation in Los Angeles.

Brown’s support comes shortly after his announcement of his “Unity Campaign” which aims to encourage “all races, genders, sexes, (everyone) gay or straight to love each other.”

Thoughts on Brown’s new-found support of gay rights?

Can this be seen as the star turning over a new leaf from his bad boy anti-gay image?

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