Some of you may have noticed recently that Chris Brown is sporting a new neck tattoo. You may have also noticed that it bears some resemblance to a certain musical artist and female from his past, namely Rihanna.
Despite statements from Brown that the tattoo is of a random woman depicted in a MAC makeup design, and NOT his former girlfriend who he brutally assaulted in 2009, many bloggers, journalists and fans beg to differ.
What is most disturbing is that many people are describing the tattooed image as that of not just Rihanna, but a battered Rihanna. And it is indeed very similar to the image of Rihanna following the assault in 2009. Highly disturbing.
We have watched every interview with Chris Brown and Rihanna (respectively) over the past few years, including Rihanna’s most recent, very personal interview with Oprah Winfrey on OWN.
Despite both artists declarations that they have “moved on” from the 2009 assault, we have not.
The brutality exerted by Chris Brown against Rihanna is simply unforgivable, and Brown has not done enough to demonstrate he is working on his obvious anger problems.
Based on his outbursts between 2009 and 2012, it is clear that Chris Brown has real impulses toward anger and violence. (Please recall in 2011 when he stormed off the set of Good Morning America shirtless after breaking a window, an act he said was inspired by an unexpected question about Rihanna.)
And no, he has not done nearly enough as a public figure to speak out against physical violence and domestic assault, nor has he “paid his dues” for his behavior 3 years ago. We don’t care how many pop-friendly songs he tries to turn out. We just DON’T BUY IT.
The neck tattoo is another symbol in a long string of episodes which suggest, Chris Brown has serious issues.
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