Singer Chris Brown has surprised fans by starting a campaign which vows to stand up for equality, for gay people, and other minority groups.
The Fine China singer, and former boyfriend of Rihanna, made the announcement via a tweet, saying that his new single ‘They Don’t Know’, which will be released on Monday is part of the campaign, called “UNITY”.
He tweeted to say the campaign aimed to “encourage all races, geners, sexes, (everyone) gay or straight to love each other!”.
Continuing, he said: “As a young inspiration to all types of people around the world, I have a moral obligation to let go of grudges or bs.”
The new single is apart of my “UNITY CAMPAIGN” which encourages all races, genders, sexes, (everyone) gay or straight to love each other!
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 13, 2013
Some were surprised by the announcement, as in the past the star has been criticised for run-ins with other celebrities, and for being party to anti-gay slurs.
Former ‘Nsync star, Lance Bass, spoke out since to say that Brown should face jail as the “only way to” be rehabilitated for using the anti-gay slur, despite it being unclear whether it was he who used the word.