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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Chris Brown’s neck tattoo: His lack of self awareness is hurting Team Breezy


Chris Brown at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6. (Matt Sayles - Invision/AP)
Chris Brown once again confused media outlets on Tuesday when pictures of his new neck tattoo — a woman’s face with a black eye and stitched lips — was released. If you are a member of Team Breezy, it must be hard to love a man who makes himself so easy to vilify. This tattoo, whether Brown realizes it or not, is a reminder of Brown’s 2009 domestic violence charge against ex-girlfriend Rihanna. One cannot help but think that Brown’s incredible lack of self awareness is impending his career and pushing his fans away.

“I let y’all down before, but I won’t do it again,” Brown stated at the BET Awards in 2010. Since then, Brown has made headlines for reasons all involving Rihanna, and they have been headscratchers. A month after Rihanna lifts her restraining order against Brown, he goes all Hulk Smash after an interview with “Good Morning America,” breaking a window in his dressing room and storming out of the studio shirtless. He won Best R&B Album at the 2012 Grammys and celebrated with a defiant, expletive laced tweet aimed at his haters, crushing the goodwill he had been restoring from that night.

Recently, Brown and his entourage were allegedly involved in a brawl in a New York nightclub with rapper Drake, as both artists are romantically linked to Rihanna. Just when it seems that Brown and Rihanna are finally on their way to reconciliation after making music together for the first time since the incident, he makes thinly veiled, disrespectful references to her on his “Way Too Cold” freestyle.

If record sales are any indication, Team Breezy may be getting tired of his antics. His fifth album, “Fortune,” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 135,000 first week sales. Pretty good performance, but that was in July. As of now, Fortune has only sold 284,000 copies according to Billboard.

Brown’s representative quickly tried to defuse the tattoo issue by releasing this statement: “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw.”

Even if you don’t believe this explanation, Brown has another message for you: “Don’t Judge Me” will be the latest release from Fortune. That phrase has been Brown’s testimony against the media and everyone who has anything negative to say about him. It’s his battle cry to denounce any kind of criticism as hate. What Chris Brown doesn’t get is that people don’t hate Chris Brown, we just want to see him do better. He is too talented not to succeed, but his own self destructive behavior will impede any more progress he can make as an artist and as a man.

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