Chris Brown “Homicide Incident” Tweet From Variety Is WRONG
A Chris Brown tweet and headline from Variety claiming the singer was involved in a “homicide incident” is wrong. See screengrabs below.
As Gossip Cop reported, police were called to Brown’s Los Angeles home early Tuesday morning after a woman called 911 requesting help. She reportedly claims Brown pulled a gun on her during an argument, while he denies anything took place at all. Cops have launched a criminal assault investigation, and have been stationed outside his home.
As often the case with breaking news stories, the situation is fluid, and many details about the alleged incident are currently unclear. But this much is known: Brown is not under investigation for murder. And yet, Variety headlined its online story, “LAPD Investigating Homicide Incident at Chris Brown’s Home.”
A tweet on the outlet’s account also read, “LAPD investigating homicide incident at Chris Brown’s home.” Context matters, and in this case, Variety’s headline and tweet very much insinuate that Brown is being investigated for homicide. The implication led many followers to reply expressing outrage, pointing out that “homicide” wasn’t even mentioned in the story, aside from it being said the “LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division is currently at Brown’s Tarzana residence.”
There’s been no evidence that a homicide took place, yet Variety still saw fit to use that term in its headline, tweet and URL. And while “homicide” has since been removed from the article’s headline, it remains in the URL. Furthermore, the sister outlet of the oft-unreliable HollywoodLife has not deleted its incorrect tweet.
Rather, after complaints, Variety tweeted an “update” (in which the original “homicide” description is still visible), and added the following to its story: “CLARIFICATION: The LAPD described the situation as a ‘homicide incident’ — a term used to describe incidents being investigated by the Robbery-Homicide Division.” That, however, does not excuse the original context-free, and therefore inaccurate, wording about a “homicide incident” at Brown’s house.
See screengrabs from Twitter and Google below.