Swedish Group Uses Battered Rihanna Image to Protest Chris Brown Show

These things we know: 1) from his savagely beating up girlfriend Rihanna to seeming pretty unrepentant about the whole thing to getting a tattoo that looks a whole lot like a battered image of Rihanna on his neck to far less severe but still pretty awful infractions like dressing up as “a terrorist” for Halloween, Chris Brown is kind of the worst; 2) people who are in agreement that Chris Brown is the worst are quick to put Chris Brown on blast whenever he does things that are the worst. And Rihanna may be able to forgive, as she prepares to release a new single with him and told Andy Cohen he was “pretty dope,” some activists in Sweden are definitely not (sorry, but Neetzan Zimmerman at Gawker got to the “Stockholm Syndrome” pun before you did).

Months after Brown’s latest album was tagged with “This Man Beats Women” stickers at a store in London, a guerrilla group in Sweden has been “promoting” his November 19th show at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm with posters featuring the image of a battered Rihanna. The current moderator of Sweden’s official Twitter account, which is run by a different Swede every week, snapped a picture of the posters, writing, “In Stockholm people are showing their dislike that Chris Brown is coming to town by posting these posters.” Although the identities of the posters’ creators are a mystery at this point, they point to a larger initiative in Stockholm to pressure promoters to cancel the show.

There’s already plenty of debate over whether or not putting an image of Rihanna in a very vulnerable position is the right way to go about this, and there’s the issue of how survivors of domestic violence in Sweden will react to the posters, which probably should have been considered more carefully. But hopefully, in general all this putting Chris Brown on blast will mean we’re one step closer to a culture where excelling in sports or entertainment does not give you a free pass to do unforgivable things. 

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