Rolling Stone writer and former BET personality Toure is claiming that CoverGirl was behind Chris Brown not appearing at Sunday’s BET Awards in Los Angeles, since they are a sponsor on the station and didn’t want Brown associated with the their product endorsed by the ‘Run It’ singer’s assault victim Rihanna. Toure writes on his Twitter (@tourex):
Real talk: Chris Brown was going to perform but Covergirl and Rihanna nixed that.
@BarkBiteBlog Covergirl is a BET sponsor. Rihanna is a Covergirl spokesmodel. Thus, they have some say.
@CHATSTV: I can see why Rihanna wouldn’t want to let CB use the distraction of an MJ tribute to launch his comeback…
@CHATSTV: CoverGirl must protect their girl and their brand and cannot advertise on a show that bolsters CB’s career.
@DitiSays I cannot be mad at Covergirl for blocking CB. No way they can pay to be on a show he’s part of. Rihanna’s their girl.
@Missinfo You’re right, Jay-Z had nothing to do with Chris Brown not being on the BET Awards. It was CoverGirl. And rightly so.