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The images for October-December 2008. Happy, smiling, accessible: the cuddly Chris.
Over the weekend, I found myself at a Grand Junction Borders book store, which was selling off its remaining 2009 calendars for $1 apiece. And smack in the middle of the stacks was an item that seemed time-capsule ready: a sixteen-month calendar featuring pop sensation turned tabloid villain Chris Brown, whose teen-friendly reputation took what could be a lethal blow when he was booked by Los Angeles police on the eve of the Grammy Awards for allegedly abusing his girlfriend, fellow performer Rihanna. Here, the visuals from what has now become the weirdest type of pop-cultural collector's item. -- Michael Roberts