Copies of singer Chris Brown’s latest album “Fortune” were photographed in a London store with stickers on them reading, “Warning: Do Not Buy This Album! This Man Beats Women.”
A spokesman for the London retailer HMV stated that the stickers were a publicity stunt, which actually helped to promote the star’s album. The spokesman made the following quote to the media:
“I guess they got their point across pretty effectively – with widespread coverage around the world, though, by the same token, quite a few more people now know there’s a new Chris Brown album out.”
The sticker, placed on a number of copies of Brown’s new album last week refers to the physical assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in Febuary of 2009. Since the ugly public dispute, the two young singers were rarely been seen together.
In a recent interview on Oprah Winfrey’s ”Next Chapter” televsion show, Rihanna told host Oprah that Chris Brown is “the love of her life.” Earlier this month on MTV’s Video Music Awards, Rihanna and Brown kissed each other while they were onstage.
The sticker tears open the wound of Chris Brown’s troubled past. He recently got a tattoo on his neck that resembles Rihanna’s bruised face in the photos that were publicized after the incident. In the tedious world of news media, there is no such thing as “bad press.”
However, domestic violence is a very serious issue in America. Brown and Rihanna’s rekindled love affair sends a bad message to youthful couples and signifies that beating on women is okay for the sake of love. Let’s hope young women across the country get it and don’t advocate giving a second chance to abusive boyfriends. The whole process never is positive and usually ends up in disaster for all relationships.