If you haven’t seen Chris Brown’s new tattoo, you can get a glimpse of it here. For those of us who either A. are from Hispanic heritage, B. know what the heck the Day of the Dead is, or C. find sugar skulls trendy and hot and, like, so cool as so many people are meaninglessly doing these days, we get what it is for a moment. And it makes us wonder what Brown might be doing this Halloween, or if he’s going to leave out an offering for his dead family members.
For those who don’t, it might be reminiscent of Brown’s attack of his ex-girlfriend Rhianna and subsequent adoration by the public when, not long afterward, he was awarded a Grammy. Since, you know, our culture could care less about beating women.
Even if it’s supposed to be a Day of the Dead skull, it’s not a great one, is it? It could be much more beautiful, or at least less violent; this one features beaten human characteristics, such as a black eye, a beaten face, and a mouth that is half tied-shut. Yeah, you show this image to a woman who’s experienced relationship violence and she’s not going to think, “Ah, he’s respecting his ancestors!” but instead, “Ah, he made a trophy to display after popping Rhianna in the face.”
And that’s just what this seems to be to many people, despite several fans (perhaps the same ones who claimed he could beat them any day) defending his new body art. Brown must know this. If he really wanted this kind of art on his body, could he not have at least placed it in a more inconspicuous space? Or did his Grammy and performance at the awards ceremony—and all of the support that followed—prove to him that his actions truly had no consequences, and that beating a woman is not something to be remorseful for, but to be proud of doing?
I’ve already written about how idolizing people who are violent only furthers the culture that accepts it (see link above), but I really think that this action by Brown only serves to further prove my point. Had he felt any remorse—had he even felt that what he did was wrong—I really doubt he would have felt compelled to tattoo the face of a beaten dead woman on his neck where the world could see it and identify him with his despicable actions.
Cover it up, Chris.