Looks like Terrence Howard stole a page from the chapter in Chris Brown’s book called, “how to show the world that you’re not planning on taking abuse allegations seriously.” The actor, who recently got accused of beating up his ex-wife on a family vacation, actually had the audacity to walk around SoHo this weekend with a hat that says single-ish. Because I guess a restraining order from your ex-wife makes you question just how single you really are. LOLs, JKs and all that jazz.
Based on way too many comments on previous Chris Brown articles, I already know that people will accuse me looking for something that’s not there. That in the same way that Chris Brown’s tattoo on his neck is just a tattoo, this hat is just a hat. That he’s not making a statement or attempting to send any kind of message to anyone.
But tell you what, I don’t buy it. Not when he’s currently in the news every single day for his role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. And not when he knows that he’s being more closely followed than usual due to the fact that he’s starring in a hit movie while simultaneously dealing with the legal ramifications of his alleged abuse. Celebrities aren’t nearly as clueless as people like to believe. A casual shopping trip in a touristy area of New York City is rarely a casual shopping trip. In the same way that a routine visit to the pediatrician is rarely just a routine visit to the pediatrician. Most everything’s pretty carefully thought out and planned and even analyzed before it happens. Sure some celebrities stray from the spotlight, but most do not. Their livelihood depends on them not avoiding the media and not avoiding controversy. Look no further than the fact that Eastbound and Down cast Lindsay Lohan just days after she left rehab. Publicity begets publicity.
By choosing to wearing that hat, Terrance Howard sent the message that he’s not taking these allegations seriously at all. Even if he didn’t beat up his wife, even if she made everything up, his choice to wear that hat still proves that he doesn’t care either way. These proceedings are just a joke to him. Something that’s only serious-ish. While I would love to say that decisions like this will damage his career, we’ve learned from Chris Brown’s experience that talent supersedes human decency. Look no further for proof of that than this quote from The Daily Beast that came from fellow actors who are worried about how his choices will hurt his career:
“Those men really worried he’d be hurting himself and his career long-term,” said the fellow actor. “They cared enough to reach out to him and make their concerns known. They think he has big talent and don’t want to see him waste it.”
Yes it would be a shame to see another man who doesn’t take abuse seriously waste his career.