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JAY-Z

I Refuse to Clap for Chris Brown

8/29/2011 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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It was the standout performance of the MTV VMAs -- Chris Brown dancing his face off -- but while everyone from Kanye to Bieber stood up and cheered ... Jay-Z refused to even crack a smile.

Of course, Jay is the man who discovered Rihanna -- and they're still VERY tight. So, was his decision to NOT clap a message to Brown?  Or is Jay simply too cool for the room?

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31.

TGH    

At the very end, you can see Jay smile while nodding his head as he raises his drink to his lips as if to say 'that was impressive, props'.

He may have initially intended not to clap, but by the end he seemed to have been won over. It just seemed worse in contrast considering Kanye was stood next to him pretty much screaming and clapping.

1121 days ago
32.

chris    

How about giving Kanye some props for coming to the award show sober and acting the right way.

1121 days ago
33.

Claus    

When will this black on black not clapping diss-a-thon end. Brothers need to stick together so we can kick whitey and gets more affirmative action, yo.

1121 days ago
34.

Andrew    

At least one person there seemed to remember Chris Brown is a violent woman beating dirtbag schmuck.+1

1121 days ago
35.

buckee71    

Look at the pic real close, he's not the only one who didn't clap.....they were others..

1121 days ago
36.

T    

So let me get this straight. Most people on this post have "mad" respect for Jay-Z. A man that:
1) was a drug dealer in his community
2) probaly beat women as well
3) advocates violence against women in his music
Yeah, mad respect for someone like that.
But then again if I were Chris Brown, I would care less if he clapped or not. Especially if Jay-Z's applause was not bringing me a check. I doubt Chris could care less.

1121 days ago
37.

A Real Lawyer    

The better question is why is a 40 something year old man wearing a backwards ball cap and a big chain? He looks ridiculous. Grow up already.

Chris Brown? Can take the kid out of the ghetto but can't take the ghetto out of the kid. Waste of space.

Kanye? Narcissitic Personality Disorder.

MTV doesn't show videos anymore so why should they give out video music awards. MTV is lame.

1121 days ago
38.

TMZ Is Destined To Be The Next News of The World    

Jay a 41 year old man. He's a young 41 but 41 nonetheless. He's not gonna get all girl excited over Chris Brown. I don't think he was trying to diss him by not spazzing out Ye style (love Kanye but he get's hype which kinda makes me love him more. If you pay attention to the video you'll see he did the little head nod thing like "Ok, ok that was cool." and then he took a sip of his drink. That's how old men acknowledge. lol!

1121 days ago
39.

mike    

MTV why even let this worthless piece of women beatin **** on stage? **** MTV and **** chris brown!

1121 days ago
40.

TulipSniper    

Meh. Who cares?

1121 days ago
41.

Tabby    

Everyone rants and raves over him being an abuser---this was obviously a more than one time thing and Rhianna stayed with him until that point. Women aren't stupid, if they are being abused then get out of the picture don't stick around. Its her own fault. The media frenzy following her around acting like she is a huge star or something and overcame so much through her abuse is ridiculous. She's ugly and can't sing (spending most of this year competing with ronald mcdonald in appearance) boohoo someone smacked her around. She's making more money off the abuse than anything else she does in life.

p.s. Jay-z is butt ass ugly and can't sing either. Who gives a **** what he does?

1121 days ago
42.

The PMG    

The only time I would clap for Chris Brown is if his head ended up underneath my shovel.

1121 days ago
43.

Sloane    

and
always an interesting topic when someone like Jay Z, (who shot his brother in the shoulder in 1982, sold crack cocaine, and stabbed a man in the stomach with a 5" blade at a NY club around 1999) has a negative reaction to someone like Brown

1121 days ago
44.

YouDontSay    

A man with morals and values. Refreshing.

1121 days ago
45.

Rob    

I'd love to kick Chris Brown's @$$. I'm no girl, Chris. Just let me know, thug.

1121 days ago
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