Gaultier was in the City of Lights for his fall 2010 runway show at Men's Fashion Week, which featured a boxing theme complete with a catwalk-side ring and big, bruiser models sporting boxing gloves and faux lacerations on their chiseled faces.
The designer got into it as well with a "beaten up" face himself, courtesy of makeup artists, that is. Brown attended the show after being spotted at men's shows in Milan earlier this week.
While we're used to a publicity stunt or two from fashion's front row, this picture of the singer posing next to Gaultier reads as just plain callous and conjures up those horrific images of a bloodied and beaten Rihanna. She suffered real injuries, ones involving no makeup.
Brown's big ol' grin doesn't help lighten the unavoidable allusions to his Rihanna attack. Honestly, we think it was in really poor taste and shows complete lack of judgment and sensitivity on Brown's part.
But what do you think? Was it inappropriate for Brown to pose with Jean Paul Gaultier given his assault charges? Or are we being overly sensitive and reading into things?
Plus, should Jean Paul Gaultier have invited Brown to the boxing-themed show in the first place? Leave a comment!
Meanwhile, hear Rihanna's side of the story. The Barbados-native talked to GQ about her abusive relationship.