[UPDATED] Chris Brown's Image Rehab Report Card
Overnight, Brown transformed from a crude yet invigorating 21st-century version of Thriller-era Michael Jackson into a seething, tattooed reincarnation of Ike Turner at his most bloodshot and depraved. Yet lately, things have been picking up for Brown, no doubt thanks to an upcoming album (F.A.M.E., available March 22) and a public-relations industry that exists to soften the blow for knuckle-headed stars. We grade Brown's efforts so far to reshape his image from Ike to Mike.
5. Community Service
Brown's sentence for his attack on Rihanna included five years of probation, counseling, and 1,400 hours of "labor-oriented" community service. Initially, Brown approached his service with as much gusto as a ninth-grade glue sniffer banished to three weeks of Outward Bound.
Refreshingly, by last fall, Brown had picked up his game enough for the judge to praise him as one of the most consistent probationers she has ever seen.