Bobby Brown’s a legend in his own right and he’s been reclaiming that title during the quarantine. The R&B singer has had a long career in the entertainment industry, starting from a very young age and still on the scene today. One of his long-standing relationships was questioned in a resurfaced post that left many wondering why the legacy of our Black stars isn’t handled better?
Stalwart New Edition member Bobby Brown, famous for his own brand of dancing, singing and musical hits, is now making claims that Michael Jackson learned the Moonwalk from him.
Though Brown has made the claim before, it’s resurfaced due to his appearance on rapper Fat Joe’s Instagram Live discussion series. Sitting for a chat with Joe, Bobby Brown once again made the claim that he was responsible for teaching MJ the dance – and also that the members of New Edition that were there can co-sign his story.
“Michael asked me, ‘show him how to Moonwalk’, true story, you can ask Michael Bivins, Ronnie Devoe, Ralph Tresvant…” Brown said before Fat Joe excitedly cuts him off. “Are you insinuating that you taught Michael Jackson how to Moonwalk?” Joe asks incredulously.
“I’m not insinuating, I’m letting you know, that this is what happened. This is how the Moonwalk was formed,” before Joe screams. Brown then says that Michael Jackson perfected the dance, but that he taught him how to do it.
Another that’s spoken up in the past about the impact and legacy of Houston as a beloved artist and creative was her previous co-star Kevin Costner, in their hit movie The Bodyguard.
Though Costner was White, their chemistry in the film is what stuck with viewers and it endured long after the pair parted ways once the movie’s duties were completed. Such a memorable film relationship moved to the real world and Costner shared how Houston’s death moved him in ways that he didn’t expect.
“She was a very important person to me, and the world has connected us in a way that we’ll never not be,” Costner told Good Morning America back in 2012 when Whitney passed. “I didn’t really get a full grasp of that until the lead-up to the funeral where people somehow felt that it was important that I say something.”
In addition to giving the eulogy at her funeral, Costner also previously released a statement at the time, wishing that he could have “saved” Houston like he did in his movie role for The Bodyguard.
With so much love for the departed diva, one would wonder why anyone would still be joking and using her name lightly – especially someone that knew her and was a family friend. That’s exactly what Chris Rock did, and Brown called him out immediately for being disrespectful.
Using a meme of Whitney Houston wearing sunglasses and looking stone faced in a now-deleted post, Rock’s meme stated “me sitting in a meeting that could have been an email.” The caption, however, was offensive and landed Rock in trouble with Bobby Brown.
Brown, coming across the post, wrote “During this time of women empowerment you choose to use your time to try and humiliate our QUEEN!!! I thought you was a friend of the family.”
But before that, the former New Edition singer, one of R&B’s “bad boys,” told Rock exactly what he thought of his comment. “When I see you on site I am going to smack every tooth out of your mouth.”
Hope the two have reconciled since Rock deleted the post. See Brown’s responses below.