Chris Brown ha cancelled plans for his Down Under tour Wednesday after being told by Australian authorities that they were likely to refuse him over his past criminal conviction – most notably, his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Ticketing agency Ticketek posted a statement from Brown’s promoters confirming the R&B singer’s decision, saying the planned December tour of Australia and New Zealand was no longer happening and that refunds would be issued to those who bought tickets.
“Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future,” the statement said. “Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future.”
Former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash had urged authorities to refuse Brown a visa in September because of his domestic violence record. Australia’s immigration has yet to comment on the matter due to ‘privacy concerns’ but the department had issued Brown a “notice of intention to consider refusal” after Cash’s recommendation, which gave him 28 days to explain why he should be allowed into the country.
Brown’s publicist Nicole Perna had said the singer respected Australia’s right to review his initial visa request and had “faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, on-going philanthropic endeavors and desire to perform for his fans.” However, after receiving the notice, it seems as though his response was deemed unacceptable or he gave up, as the artist later withdrew his application for a visa in New Zealand where he was scheduled to play before immigration authorities could even asses it.
Brown had a show planned for Auckland, New Zealand as part of the tour, but was told by officials that because he had been banned from some other countries he would need a special form of visa to be allowed in.
“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,'” said Cash earlier in the process. The Immigration Minister, who is now minister for women, had a hand in declining Floyd Mayweather earlier in the year for a similar reason as well.
What do you think? Was this a necessary call by Australian immigration authorities to make a statement about violence towards women, or did they go too far in denying a performance for the thousands of fans planning to see the show? Let us know!