Look, we get it, Chris Brown fans. It’s not fair that you’re routinely pilloried and blamed for everything wrong with America, while old white dudes who idolize John Lennon or Charlie Sheen get off scot-free. As a culture, we agree that you can separate art from the horrible actions of the people who make it—unless that artist is Chris Brown. There’s a double-standard there, and you all are getting the short end of it.
But the flip side of “Liking someone’s music doesn’t mean you endorse all their actions” is not endorsing all their actions.
Chris Brown’s rep just emailed me saying Brown’s ink is a Mexican “sugar skull” based off this design: twitpic.com/atl6vb
— Tim Herrera (@tim_herrera) September 11, 2012
It doesn’t matter if it’s a “sugar skull” or a Day of the Dead reference, Brown’s new tattoo looks, to anyone who’s not Chris Brown, exactly like the famous image of a bruised and bloody Rihanna. If Brown legitimately didn’t know that, then he’s clueless; and if he did, well, then he’s a horrible troll. Either way, the reaction of #TeamBreezy on Twitter has been predictably disappointing:
— Tasha (@Tasha_CMB) September 11, 2012
Everyone saying all this shit about Chris’ new tat. STFU leave him alone. #teambreezy
— Maria…♥ (@Maria1D_CB_DUKU) September 11, 2012
#TeamBreezy I encourage you all to ignore the negative stories & share the positive ones. My site has some others do too.CB will need it. xo
— KayKiSpeaks.com (@KayKiSpeaks) September 11, 2012
— TeamBreezyCMB (@AlexisTCBreezy) September 11, 2012
— ☮Nicoleeee (@ItzBREEZY_ygm) September 11, 2012
— agiey john (@breezybabe001) September 11, 2012
— Ashleigh McDonald (@Ash_McDonald_) September 11, 2012
All the stupid haterswho is tweeting #teambreezy about how were worse that 9/11 come suck my ass
— Tiesha (@LilMissTiesha) September 11, 2012
— Laura Breezy(@laurafitzgeral7) September 11, 2012
Lol why yall hatin on chris’s new tattoo #teambreezy
— ☀̤̈Badgirl_Sasha☀̤̈ (@tazsasha) September 11, 2012
Still, though, not all of Brown’s fans have been so forgiving:
I used to be #teambreezy but now it’s gone too far
— HilaryKaye (@peachyskillz) September 11, 2012
Here’s a thought experiment: What would Chris Brown have to do in order for Team Breezy not to be OK with it? Quit music? Kill a puppy on TV? Commit genocide?