Chris Brown isn’t wanted in Australia?
The 26-year-old singer is scheduled to go on tour in Australia in December, with tickets set to go on sale, Monday.
Australia is not feeling his presence.
Brown was told he is unlikely to be granted a visa due to his past domestic violence record. Back in 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend at the time, singer Rihanna.
While hesitation to grant a visa is understandable, the odd part is that the country has allowed Brown to tour there twice since the incident. The government is now, 7 years later, under pressure to refuse him.
Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says Australia’s immigration department issued a “notice of intention to consider refusal.”
Brown has 28 days to repeal and present evidence for why he should be allowed a visa.
“People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and 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 that we expect in Australia,’” Senator Cash said.
Completely understandable and justified…but why now?
What happened between now and 2009 when Brown was still permitted into the country?
Despite the sudden strictness on domestic violence and visas, Brown is not the only one who has recently been denied entry into Australia. The government also refused a visa for world champion boxer, Floyd Mayweather, earlier this year, for similar reasons.
New Zealand has already finalized their decision that Brown is unsuitable for entry into the country. A national MP for the country stated, “We’ve got enough wife-beaters in this country, he should just bugger off,” after panning the idea of him being allowed a visa.
Brown has previously been denied entry into Canada and the U.K., as well.