Chris Brown banned from Australia because of Rihanna assault

Chris BrownDue to his conviction for brutally beating Rihanna in 2009, Chris Brown has been denied entry to Australia this week, despite the fact that he was scheduled to perform his “One Hell of a Nite Tour” in both Australia and New Zealand starting in just a few days. However, the government isn’t backing down – they won’t let a convicted felon in and therefore his concerts in those countries have effectively been cancelled.

Brown’s lawyers tried to get Australian officials to change their minds but were unsuccessful.

“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,'” Australia’s Minister for Women Michaelia Cash told reporters.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed Cash’s sentiment, stating, “The Minister has very brilliantly expressed the thoughts of the Government.”

Brown was denied a vista to Britain in 2010 and last February, was declined entry into Canada. New Zealand had already ruled Brown ineligible for entry due to Britain’s refusal to grant him admission. Tour promoters say they will reschedule the dates, but it’s unlikely Brown will be playing any concerts Down Under for quite a while.

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  1. brian • December 3, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

    Violence should NEVER be condoned, regardless of who is the victim.
    But does Australia forget how its Caucasian population came to be ?

  2. Wendy • December 3, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

    Gee Brian, think for a moment if you will, why would any country want to allow another criminal into any country? Stop them at the border and turn them away, just because he thinks who he is and he can get what he wants for $1 million I’m glad these countries are standing up and saying, NO!

  3. brian • December 3, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

    I was not suggesting he be allowed in , rather only noting the irony.

  4. Amy • December 3, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

    Thank god people are finally taking this seriously. I can’t believe this douche even still has a career, and a fanbase of mainly young girls. It’s disgusting.

  5. Jean • December 3, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

    I like Australia more & more. I wish Canada would be more like them.

  6. Teri • December 3, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

    I am so glad that countries are refusing entry to felons no matter who they are and how much money they have.

  7. genevieve • December 3, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

    It is interesting that Canada does not seem to have a problem welcoming convicted felons into the country as long as they are wealthy: Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammar, Michael Moriarty, Robert Downey Junior–no problem. Just pay a ‘fee’ to a high priced entertainment lawyer and you are in. One exception: Martha Stewart. She was refused entry when she wanted to attend a pumpkin festival in the maritmes a few years back.

    Australia and Quebec- seem to give a damn about the safely of their population. No double standard.

  8. Debby • December 3, 2015 @ 1:26 PM

    Did you guys not notice the part about how he was NOT allowed in by Canada? Last February? Read again and stop bashing Canada..get your facts straight!

  9. Debby • December 3, 2015 @ 1:32 PM

    And don’t forget..anyone can apply for a pardon after a period of time..if it is true that Canada was letting in convicted unpardoned entertainers then blame Harper and his infatuation with all things American. The rules for the rich and famous should be the same as for the “common folk”..in fact they should be enforced even MORE vigorously because these people have INFLUENCE over the public unlike you or I..no one but our immediate family or friends look to us for what is right and wrong.

  10. Sharon • December 3, 2015 @ 1:36 PM

    Brian that may have been their beginning but look who’s having the last laugh and living the better lifestyle. Nothing wrong with taking a bad start and making it great.
    Jean, if you read the article, Canada also turned him away.

  11. a-nony-mouse • December 3, 2015 @ 4:25 PM

    Actually Australia is well aware of it’s origins and routinely work with their indigenous communities to make things better for everyone. They do not deny or play down their roles in torturing, murdering and trying to eradicate indigenous peoples. They have education days and events specifically to apologise every year and don’t just toss off an “I’m sorry” and hope everyone forgets.

  12. MA • December 3, 2015 @ 5:19 PM

    He’s no loss to Australia, he is a thug….end of.

  13. MA • December 3, 2015 @ 5:22 PM

    Brian…..you are comparing apples and oranges. Australia was under British rule when they started shipping convicts to Australia as punishment….that is part of Britain and Australia’s history……a totally different situation from this one.

  14. Charlie • December 3, 2015 @ 5:39 PM

    As a Canadian I wish Canada would follow in Australia’s footsteps, and keep felons, the like of this man out of our country. Well done Australia!

  15. Gareth • December 3, 2015 @ 8:14 PM

    Thanks @ Debby THANK YOU for pointing out to all these blind idiots that Canada in fact DID keep out Chris brown long before Australia did. Even if it did allow Caucasian male convicts in (I guess if you are female or a minority then hell no lol). @Brian I or anyone with any sense got the irony you were pointing out, but again mostly blind idiots here. All those wanting to move to Australia because its got more “balls” than Canada when dealing with “thugs” (I suspect a code word here..maybe a black american teenager?) because you want to be in a tighter whiter country that squashes the minority thugs like @MA suggests well guess again. I am Ozzie (yep blonde surfer boy but no i don’t want any shrimps on the BB) and i can tell you from my 5 years living and working in Canada this country is way more conservative than Australia could ever be. What you guys call PC here is seen as intolerance in most parts on Australia. Australians are way more liberal/progressive minded than the average Canadian and frankly what is considered to be regular conservatives where scare the wallabies out of me because those would be candidates for neo Nazi parties in Australia!

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