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Domestic abuse campaigners add warning stickers to Chris Brown CDs

By | Published on Monday 17 September 2012

Chris Brown warning sticker

Chris Brown CDs in at least one branch of HMV were decorated last week with labels that read “Warning. Do not buy this album! This man beats women”. Which seems fair enough.

It’s assumed that the stickers were added to copies of Brown’s latest album by anti-domestic abuse campaigners, presumably annoyed by the speed with which the US record industry, and the pop-buying public, have seemingly re-accepted the thuggish R&B star after he beat then girlfriend Rihanna unconscious during Grammy Weekend 2009.

According to the NME, a photo of the sticker stuck to a Brown CD in an HMV rack was first posted to Twitter by the Cambridge University Student Union Women’s Campaign, though they have remained vague about whether or not they had any personal involvement in the guerrilla stickering campaign.

Where discovered, the stickers have been removed by shop staff, while a spokesman for HMV – caught between having to endorse either vandalism or domestic violence – told E News: “It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views. It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores yesterday and stickered a handful of CDs. These were spotted and quickly removed, but, before we could act, the individual concerned must have taken a photo and sent it to the media. To our knowledge there are no further stickers in our stores now”.