It’s been six years since Brown beat the Barbadian singer unconscious on the eve of the 2012 Grammys.
But he’ still facing push back over it, even though he’s tried to atone for his mistakes.
He was sentenced to five years’ probation, a year of domestic violence counseling, and 180 days of community service for the attack. He’s completed all of his requirements, although not without some hiccups.
Even so, Aussie activist group GetUp has started an online petition asking Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to ban Brown and his “One Hell of A Nite Tour.”
Get Up Statement on Chris Brown “Speaking out against Chris Brown has nothing to do with pop music, and everything to do with men’s violence against women. We’re speaking out against Chris Brown because his casual visit our country would have enormous symbolic significance, which will only be amplified by our silence. 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. If we stand by and do nothing while he performs around the country (even if we don’t have the faintest interest in Brown’s career or pop music in general) we are implicitly sending the message that if you brutally beat a woman, in a short amount of time you will be forgiven, or even celebrated. If you’re ready to take a stand against ambivalence towards violence against women – will you sign the petition to stop Chris Brown from touring Australia?”
The tour is set to land Down Under in December.
“If you brutally beat a woman, in a short amount of time you will be forgiven, or even celebrated, GetUp states in the petition.
As it turns out, Dutton may have grounds to deny Brown entry. To qualify for a visa, Brown has to meet a character test. Grounds for rejection include “a substantial criminal record.”
Whether that proves to be a stumbling block remains to be seen. Beside the 2009 assault, Brown was involved in an alleged assault during a basketball game in May, and allegedly assaulted a fan in Washington in 2014.
Brown also faces another hurdle. Because he was banned from the United Kingdom in 2010 for the same reasons, he may have trouble getting a visa both in Australia and New Zealand where he’s also set to perform. His 2008 shows there were sold out.
So far, no word on action by either government.
GetUp says on its Web site that it advocates for social justice, economic fairness and environmental sustainability. It claims 800,000 members.
The petition continues:
“Chris Brown is an extremely influential figure, particularly among young people. Allowing his entry into Australia sends the message that the Turnbull government does not place significant weight and condemnation on men’s violence against women.”
You can read the petition here.
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