Joining a long line of celebrities dispensing medical advice to their followers on Twitter and elsewhere, recording artist Chris Brown took to Twitter early this morning and suggested that Ebola might be a form of a "population control."
Brown, known more broadly for beating up his then-girlfriend, popular singer Rihanna sending her to the hospital prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards, sent out a tweet stating, "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh," to his 13.7 million followers.
By this afternoon his post had been retweeted over 21,000 times and favorited 14,500 times.
Some followers of Brown responded to him with support, saying "you got that f*ckin right!" and calling Ebola part of a government conspiracy with warning that "they" will be coming after him for "speaking the truth." Other supporters encouraged him to look into "deeper," writing, "do a little research it's deeper than that."
Not everyone agreed with Brown, writing "Christopher shut up" and "lmao what?"
One hour later, Brown appeared to have second thoughts, tweeting: "Let me shut my black ass up!"
Along with talk show hostess Jenny McCarthy and comedian Rob Schneider who have used their celebrity to blame childhood vaccinations for causing autism and a host of other childhood health issues, Brown joins feminist writer Naomi Wolf in promoting a belief that the U.S. government is somehow behind a conspiracy to use the deadly viral disease to control the population.
Brown's tweet as well as a few responses from his followers below:
I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh.— Chris Brown (@Chris Brown) 1413183724.0
@chrisbrown I've been saying the same thing. The next wars will be be done with weapons from the lab. Pre meditated biological warfare.— Waka of West Congo (@Waka of West Congo) 1413183939.0
@chrisbrown Yeah what if this is one of those times everybody talks about..smh— FalloutBeatz (@FalloutBeatz) 1413183958.0
@chrisbrown it is a form of population control the government is always trying to kill us.— AJ ☪ (@AJ ☪) 1413183967.0