If you glanced at Twitter's trending topics this afternoon, you'd see the usual jumble of words you can't understand (Ay Thiago? Entra Pato?), plus a few that you probably can: We Support Chris Brown.
It's unclear why Chris Brown's fans – otherwise known as Team Breezy (or, on Twitter, #TeamBreezy) – decided to trend this phrase at this specific moment, but trend it they did! (A little later, seeing their impact, they also managed to get #BuyChrisBrownFortuneMay8th on the worldwide trending list.)
Most of the tweets were from fans looking to express their love for Chris Brown, but a vocal minority was upset that a phrase celebrating an admitted domestic abuser would wind up on the list of Twitter's most uttered phrases.
Here are a few of the tweets:
We Support Chris Brown because we're retarded. We also have tramp stamps, smoke cigs, and can't remember who we slept with last night.
— Terry Masters (@TerryxMasters) April 3, 2012
We Support Chris Brown? You Mad!? Stay Mad! NO1CURR t(^.^)t — AND?EEA (@MJBreezyMarsian) April 3, 2012
I love how twitter implemented the intelligence indicator onto peoples tweets.We Support Chris Brown officially labels you as an idiot. Ty
— HolyHandGrenade (@HolyHandGr3nade) April 3, 2012
I asked someone why they tweeted We Support Chris Brown and they said, Beats me.
— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) April 3, 2012
We Support Chris Brown: Because it's completely okay to beat a woman to a bloody pulp as long as you're a good dancer and rich. — Jordan. (@JordanMeehan) April 3, 2012
We Support Chris Brown and his decision to date women with flat asses.
— f?t0u. (@youu_d4one) April 3, 2012
We support Chris Brown is trending worldwide.Did he beat Twitter up as well? — Brian Reilly |bribry (@BrianReillyO) April 3, 2012