The Boy with the Dreadful Tattoo
When we saw that Chris Brown had given himself a new neck tattoo that is clearly the beaten face of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna, our inner Lisbeth Salander screamed in outrage, and flailed around concocting revenge plots. This is pictorially more egregious than the sum total of the Republican platform‘s War on Women.
Indeed, it is difficult to justify a man like Brown, although he continues to have supporters, but so do the Republicans, the Catholic Church and those Muslims who think women should be hidden and beaten with a broom when they get out of line, just to name a few women-haters.
The human mind doesn’t like to be wrong, and works overtime to justify its actions by rearranging the narrative to make it right. Like Rush Limbaugh‘s addiction to prescription meds, this need to be right becomes a downward spiral with increasingly limited routes of escape. It is the source of most of the evildoings in the world, for as the mind grinds against itself and beats reality into fitting the picture it needs to perceive as justified, the personality splinters further, until the damage reaches the point of being irreparable. This is clearly what has happened to Brown.
Of course, we could be waxing too philosophical about it and he’s just a fucking run-of-the-mill text-book sociopath. Take your pick.
Most people, especially readers of this site, might not be clear on exactly what Brown did to Rihanna, known as Robyn F. in this police report of the incident. This is not any old spat between a couple:
…A verbal argument ensued and Brown pulled the vehicle over on an unknown street, reached over Robyn F. with his right hand, opened the car door and attempted to force her out. Brown was unable to force Robyn F. out of the vehicle because she was wearing a seat belt. When he could not force her to exit, he took his right hand and shoved her head against he passenger window of the vehicle, causing an approximate one-inch raised circular contusion.
Robyn F. turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused Robyn F.’s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle.
Brown looked at Robyn F. and stated, ‘I’m going to beat the sh– out of you when we get home! You wait and see!’ ”
The detective said “Robyn F.” then used her cell phone to call her personal assistant Jennifer Rosales, who did not answer.
Robyn F. pretended to talk to her and stated, ‘I’m on my way home. Make sure the police are there when I get there.’
After Robyn F. faked the call, Brown looked at her and stated, ‘You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I’m really going to kill you!’
Brown resumed punching Robyn F. and she interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face. She then bent over at the waist, placing her elbows and face near her lap in [an] attempt to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown.
Brown pulled Robyn F. close to him and bit her on her left ear. She was able to feel the vehicle swerving from right to left as Brown sped away. He stopped the vehicle in front of 333 North June Street and Robyn F. turned off the car, removed the key from the ignition and sat on it.
Brown did not know what she did with the key and began punching her in the face and arms. He then placed her in a head lock positioning the front of her throat between his bicep and forearm. Brown began applying pressure to Robyn F.’s left and right carotid arteries, causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness.
She reached up with her left hand and began attempting to gouge his eyes in an attempt to free herself. Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers and then released her. While Brown continued to punch her, she turned around and placed her back against the passenger door. She brought her knees to her chest, placed her feet against Brown’s body and began pushing him away. Brown continued to punch her on the legs and feet, causing several contusions.
Robyn F. began screaming for help and Brown exited the vehicle and walked away. A resident in the neighborhood heard Robyn F.’s plea for help and called 911, causing a police response.