While it seems that Chris Brown has gotten away from his past with awards, Grammy performances and praise for his comeback, there are clearly people who still think about his history of domestic violence.
This past week, a photograph went viral when a shopper shot an image of Brown’s ‘Fortune’ CDs at a London HMV store with a sticker that read, “Warning: Do not buy this album! This man beats women.”
Noticing that that the stickers were probably put up by someone who walked into the store, a rep for HMV has told E! News that the company was made aware of the incident and took immediate action.
“It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views,” the rep said “It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores yesterday and stickered a handful of CDs. These were spotted and quickly removed, but, before we could act, the individual concerned must have taken a photo and sent it to the media. To our knowledge there are no further stickers in our stores now.”
Brown, who assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, has since been taking steps to control his behaviour. And it appears that Rihanna has moved on as well. With the two of them caught smooching at the VMAs, this relationship continues to be a large part of media speculation.
But as ballsy it might have been to put up the stickers, I’m glad there are still people trying to make others aware of what Brown did in the past.
While he may be forgiven by many, I’m still no fan of the double standard Hollywood puts upon its stars. While Brown continues to be lauded with awards and positive attention, Kristen Stewart on the other hand, just can’t catch a break because she cheated on her boyfriend.
Come on. This is A+ sexism right there, Hollywood.