Chris Brown has been in the news recently for getting a neck tattoo that looks like a battered woman's face. It is a sad testament to someone when the second worse thing about them actually having a neck tattoo is what it looks like and not the actual fact they have a neck tattoo.
In addition, Chris Brown's CDs have attracted some negative press due to stickers that have appeared in HMV stores in London, and are thought to be the work of anti-domestic violence campaigners. The stickers read: 'Warning - Do not buy this album! This man beats women.'
Chris Brown has seemed to successfully overcome the domestic violence stigma after beating Rihanna into a bloody pulp in 2009 as the pair was en route to the Grammy Awards, which was really just the beginning of a downward spiral in his relations with the media and the public at large.
In 2012, Chris Brown performed twice at the Grammys and took away the award for best R&B album and exclaimed via Twitter "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That's the ultimate F*** OFF!" (author edit). Obviously this guy can't handle a Twitter account but more importantly maybe society can't handle Chris Brown.
The well-intentioned (maybe misguided) attempts to warn consumers away from buying Brown's album have actually backfired and stirred up enough press to promote the album and boost sales. While reminding the world that Chris Brown beat Rihanna it also reminded the public that he had a new album out in stores.
The same anti-domestic group has also started to target John Lennon's albums but this move was met with severe backlash. Many feel that Lennon has successfully moved away from that past transgression and has repaid his debt. Lennon is a music icon that was able to move forward and we as the public should move with him.
What will it take for Chris Brown to shed this "abuser" label? Has he already shed it in most fans eyes? Not sure how effective a sticker could be in enforcing a moral standard in a consumer driven economy, and should outside factors dictate the merit of a good produced?