Singer is unlikely to be allowed to enter country due to 2009 domestic abuse conviction
Chris Brown has claimed that he wants to lend his support to anti-domestic abuse causes if he is allowed to visit Australia.
The singer has remained defiant that his upcoming ‘One Hell Of A Nite’ Australian tour will go ahead as planned despite the country’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, saying the government intend to ban Brown from entering.
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.
Now, Brown has taken to Twitter, writing, “I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence. Im not the pink elephant in the room anymore”.
The star added, “My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don’t define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse”.
“The youth don’t listen to parents nor do they listen to PSAs. The power that we have as entertainers can change lives.”
Responding to the news of his proposed ban earlier this week, 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 on Instagram.
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.”
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.