RnB Singer Chris Brown was bitterly greeted with a formal notice Friday night, rejecting his visa application to tour in Australia; faltering his plans to perform. Although Brown has been issued 28 days to appeal, fans remain dubious about whether they should purchase tickets to his show or not. The denied application has also resulted in an automatic refusal to perform in New Zealand too- eek! The Liquor singer has been refused on character grounds following his 2009 conviction of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
After five years probation, a yearlong domestic violence programme and 180 days of community labour, it seems as though a path of redemption won’t be easy for Sir Breezy! An activist group called “GetUp” initiated the campaign; expressing that the dismissal of Brown’s visa ensues Australia is willing to condemn against domestic violence. GetUp Campaigner Sally Rugg argues: “Australia is at a crisis point with men’s violence against women.” It appears as though allowing a domestic offender into the country will have a pivotal effect on Australian regimes. Supporting Brown’s ban, former Justice Minister Judith Collins proclaims: “We’ve got enough wife beaters in this country. He should just bugger off”– ouch!
Already being barred from entering Britain and Canada, Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash provides some perspective on Chris Brown’s ban, The Guardian reads: “People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you, ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia,’ and certainly, without pre-empting the decision of the minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister is looking at.”
Despite Brown’s “continued personal growth, ongoing philanthropic endeavours and desire to perform for his fans” as stressed by his management, it appears Brown’s turbulent past will not be brushed aside lightly.
By – Bee Dokal