Selena Gomez refused to clap for Chris Brown at the VMAs

The clip of her reaction to his nomination has since gone viral

Selena Gomez refused to clap for Chris Brown
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Selena Gomez is known for speaking her mind in every situation. And if she's not speaking up, she often lets her facial expressions speak for her, as she did at this week's MTV VMAs.

While the nominations for Best R&B were being read out on the night, the Only Murders In The Building star was filmed in the audience reacting to what she was hearing. 

She started out smiling and clapping, but when Chris Brown's name was called out, the Selena could clearly be seen pointedly not clapping nor smiling. She even scrunched up her face in a show of distaste, then began smiling and cheering again once the next name was read.

Chris, who was nominated for his part on Chloe Bailey's song How Does It Feel, pleaded guilty for physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, according to People. Since then, he has also been accused of allegedly punching Frank Ocean, hitting an unnamed man in Las Vegas, and punching a photographer.

His ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was also granted a restraining order against him after she alleged that he threatened her with violence, and he was also accused by one woman of sexual assault in 2018, and by another of rape in 2022.

While Chris and his team have denied some of the allegations made against him over the years, many members of the public feel uneasy about his continued place in the spotlight.

People praised Selena for her reaction on Twitter, with one person saying: "She represents all of us."

Another wrote: "Exactly, she’s so real," with someone else agreeing: "The realest."

Another person commented on Selena's scrunched-up expression of disgust, writing: "The stank face? She’s so real for that." 

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As for Selena, she went home with a VMA award for her collaboration with Rema on the hit song Calm Down which won in the Best Afrobeats category, and her celeb BFF Taylor Swift picked up an incredible nine awards - making her the biggest winner of the night.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.