Chris Brown is featured on the Oct. 14 issue of Jet magazine. (Photo : Jet)
In Chris Brown's latest eyebrow-raising comments, the pop singer claimed he'd been victimized by the media, comparing himself to Trayvon Martin and slaves.
The 24-year-old R&B star's remarks are featured in the cover story for the Oct. 14 issue of Jet magazine. During the interview, Brown opened up about his tumultuous relationship with the press and also touched upon the topic of racism, stating that Jay-Z got a "pass" for stabbing someone because he is "accepted by White America."
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"This is something I've been dealing with for the past maybe five years," he told Jet, according to CNN. "Anybody with a voice - Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. - gets formatted ... except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I'm a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass."
The incident that Brown was referring to occurred in 1999 when Jay-Z pleaded guilty to stabbing record producer Lance "Un" Rivera at a listening party in New York City, reports the HuffPo. Brown believes the rap mogul got off easy, whereas society can't move past his assault on his on-again off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
He went on to compare the scrutiny he's received in the media to "lashings" from a slave "master."
"I got to the point where it's only so much you can take from the master, you feel me?" he told Jet. "I've taken my fair share of lashings. I've dealt with the media. Instead of being an artist, I've been called a woman beater; I've been insulted in public and judged. And being able to not want to kill yourself at the end of the day is what made me say, 'F--k it.'"
The Virginia singer also compare himself to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen who was fatally shot while walking in a gated community in Florida..
"I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism," Brown told the magazine. "This generation is so used to racism that it's normal; we don't care. We aren't on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as n----s."