“You cannot come in because you are not of
the character we expect in Australia,” says
country’s Minister for Women.
Chris Brown’s upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand has officially been
canceled after immigration authorities in
Australia declined to grant the singer a
visa. The promoters of Brown’s five-day
tour confirmed the cancellation in a statement that read, “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.”
Brown’s Australian tour had been in
jeopardy since September, when
immigration officials told the singer that
they planned to issue a “notice of intention
to consider refusal” stemming from
Brown’s 2009 assault on Rihanna. Although Australia allowed Brown to bring his
F.A.M.E. Tour to the country in April 2011,
Australian feminist groups, alongside
former Immigration Minister Michaelia
Cash, called his visa status into question
prior to the December 2015 dates.
“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,'” Cash, now Australia’s Minister for Women, said
recently, ABC News reports.
When it was announced that Australian
immigration officials were reviewing
Brown’s visa, the singer’s rep released a
statement saying Brown had “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.”
Brown’s New Zealand visa was also under
examination, but after Australia denied his
entry, Brown withdrew his New Zealand
application before immigration officials there made a ruling on his status.
This isn’t the first time Australia and New
Zealand have shut their borders to an artist.
In February 2014, New Zealand banned Odd Future from performing, citing the rap group as “a potential threat to public order
and the public interest for several reasons,
including incidents at past performances in
which they have incited violence.”
Tyler, the Creator’s often misogynistic
lyrics also came under fire from Australian
feminist group Collective Shout and Alex
Hawke, a conservative member of the
Australian House of Representatives, both
of whom called for the rapper’s visa to be revoked in 2013.