Chris Brown Australia Tour Officially Canceled Due to Rihanna Assault
It’s official: the planned Chris Brown tour of Australia and New Zealand is officially canceled after authorities refused to grant a visa to the singer. The five-day tour was planned to begin this month, although the tour has been under threat of cancellation for far longer. Back in September, immigration officials filed a “notice of intention to consider refusal” of his visa due to his infamous assault on Rihanna in 2009. Ultimately, Australian authorities have stuck to their guns, and refused to allow the singer to work in their country.
“Mr. Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future. Mr. Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support,” the cancellation statement 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,'” added former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash, who now serves as Australia’s Minister for Women.
A rep for Brown maintained “faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, ongoing philanthropic endeavors and desire to perform for his fans.” However, it’s looking unlikely that the Australian government is going to reverse its position on this. And Brown seems to realize this, because he’s now withdrawing his visa application for New Zealand, which was still pending approval.
On which side of the fence do you fall? Should the mistakes of Chris Brown’s past prevent him from working internationally? Or is Australia right to deny him entry? What do you think of the ruling? Sound off in the comments!
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