Chris Brown's violent history is coming back to haunt him once more.
It's been six years since Chris Brown's terrifying assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. While his career has seemingly balanced itself out these days, and the pair briefly dated again in 2012, Brown has now found himself still suffering the consequences of his horrific actions.
The Loyal singer's attempt to take his latest tour worldwide is running into obstacles almost everywhere he goes. So far, his work VISA has been denied in New Zealand, Britain and Canada.
Immigration officials in Australia made the following statement as they deliberated on their decision to allow Brown 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.'”
The Australian Prime Minister has expressed his agreement with their stance.
It's far from the first time Australia has heavily reviewed entry of international stars based on their criminal records. In the early 2000s, a huge debate about whether Eminem should be allowed to tour Australia, resulted in the rap star having to heavily censor his controversial stage production once eventually permitted entrance. Snoop Lion was also banned from entering Australia in 2007, due to drug and firearm offences, but has since been welcomed in and is a hugely popular guest whenever he visits.
Critics of the ongoing decision process say the issue of Brown's entry distracts from Australia's domestic violence epidemic, with statistics reporting one woman is killed every week by a violent partner. The Guardian elaborated:
There’s no doubt that Brown, convicted of punching and trying to strangle his then girlfriend Rihanna, is a nasty piece of work. Nor can anyone dispute the seriousness of violence against women in Australia. According to a much-quoted statistic, a woman is killed roughly once a week by a partner or former partner. But the immigration department is not the solution. Quite obviously, the perpetrators of domestic violence in Australia are everyday Australians, not foreign musicians. They’re ordinary people – husbands, partners, boyfriends. They’re steeped in Australian culture. They’re not brainwashed by American R&B or led astray by song lyrics.
Protests against Brown have sprung up in several Australian states.