Star remains hopeful that upcoming tour will go ahead as planned
Chris Brown remains defiant that his upcoming Australian tour will go ahead as planned despite recently being banned from entering the country.
Brown’s application to take his ‘One Hell of a Nite’ tour to Australia in December was recently rejected by the country’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton.
Dutton told Brown he has 28 days to appeal this decision, but for now the singer’s Australian tickets have been taken off sale. He was set to play four shows – in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane – which would have been Brown’s third tour around Australia since his sentence, having already played there in 2011 and 2012.
Responding to the news, Brown took to social media to distance himself from the reports. “Don’t listen to the bullshit. I’m coming… It’s media and all bullshit… We gone party,” he wrote in Instagram comments, according to The Guardian.
The singer’s Australian tour representatives, Castor and Ford, also released an optimistic statement. “Contrary to media reports, Chris Brown’s request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied. This request is currently being considered by the office of the immigration minister,” a spokeswoman said.
The statement continued, “We respect their right to review this request and have faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, ongoing philanthropic endeavours and desire to perform for his fans. Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December.”
Australia’s minister for women, Michaelia Cash, recently warned that Brown might not be allowed to play gigs in Australia after a petition calling for the US singer to be denied entry was set up by women’s rights group GetUp.
The group’s uproar is centred around Brown’s 2009 guilty plea to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. A statement on their website says: “By turning a blind eye to his tour, we send a message to survivors of family violence that it’s not that important and that you should just get over it.”
Tyler, The Creator faced a similar cancelled tour in August when feminist group Collective Shout campaigned to have him denied entry, accusing him of homophobia and sexism.