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Chris Brown has a monster mural outside his home that is terrifying children. This, I suppose, will come as a surprise to people who thought that Chris Brown would be an excellent and gracious neighbor. You thought wrong. The LA Times reports:

Chris Brown’s attorney is slamming neighbors who are demanding the star remove street art-style murals from his Hollywood Hills home.

Neighbors claim the monsters are scaring neighborhood kids and ruining the hillside aesthetic of the area below Lake Hollywood.

“There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened. It’s like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” said Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Assn

But perhaps it is THOSE NEIGHBORS we should be afraid of. Chris Brown’s lawyer says:

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said the musician is not backing down. He says it’s the neighbors who are harassing Brown.

“I’m scared of neighborhood busybodies like this,” Geragos said. “They’ve called animal control. They have sicced parking [enforcement] on him, and now they reached the heights of ridiculousness here. Shame on them.”

Look, this is actually troubling for me because Chris Brown’s mural does not strike me as significantly scarier than, say, a Keith Haring painting. It seems fairly cartoonish. Frankly, I kind of think kids should be able to take it. I do not have the rights to post a picture of it, but look at it here. I think kids worth their salt should be able to handle seeing this. Especially as there appears to be a protective robot perched atop the mural.

This goes in direct opposition to my sense that Chris Brown is an absolutely terrible person, who only does terrible things all of the time. I would actually go against my strongly held belief that people should have freedom to express themselves creatively if the mural seemed pretty outrageous, just because I dislike Chris Brown so much. I just don’t think it is outrageous. I think it is a cartoon mural. Suffice to say, having to take his side on this is a terrible moment for me, and I’m probably going to spend a lot of that afternoon drinking, feeling resentful, and hating murals.

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