By Carter Maness
While Chris Brown once again captured the Internet's wrath earlier this week with the revelation of an odd neck tattoo that many thought looked like either Rihanna or a battered woman, it also underscored how many people still think of the pop star's history of domestic violence before his music. That's certainly the case at HMV stores in London, where a shopper recently photographed the entire stock of Brown's recent Fortune album with an unapproved warning sticker about the singer's checked past.
The stickers, which have appeared in multiple HMV stores across London, remain affixed to dozens of copies of his recent LP. "Warning - Do not buy this album," they read. "This man beats women."
The sticker campaign is likely the work of an anti-domestic violence group rather than the music retailer. That said, no one has stepped forward to take responsibility or explain how or why the stickers have appeared.
This comes as Brown continues to try to smooth his public image after the infamous 2009 incident where he beat Rihanna while the duo was on the way to the Grammy Awards. In his latest act of atonement, the singer has been visiting victims of abuse and working with the "Turn Up The Music" foundation to show he's sorry.
"It's in my heart to show my fans, my friends and family and families who stood by me they were right to give me another chance," he recently said. "I'm working hard to make them proud."