Chris Brown has been denied entry to Australia because his 2009 assault on Rihanna, for which he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service, doesn’t square with the country’s feelings about domestic violence. Faced with canceling a lucrative tour, Brown is now on Twitter trying to guess the password to get into Australia. Is it: “I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence?”
I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence.Im not the pink elephant in the room anymore— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA's. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives.— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
If I am interpreting this correctly, convicted domestic abuser Chris Brown’s argument is: If Australia doesn’t let convicted domestic abuser Chris Brown in, how can they raise awareness about violence against women?
There may be other ways. Like, perhaps, denying a visa to a celebrity with a high-profile conviction for beating his internationally beloved pop star partner. That’s just one idea, though.
But, as Chris Brown has been saying for years, he’s a changed man. He’s been through a year of court-ordered domestic violence counseling and has seen the error of his ways.
Chris Brown recently proved himself and was a man circa June 2015, when he followed his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran from a club to a restaurant after she kicked him out of her SUV, then showed up on her doorstep at 3:30 a.m. He left after police were called.
And this is how he was talking about Karrueche after they broke up in December 14, more than five years after he battered Rihanna:
As Australian ministers consider Chris Brown’s appeal of his visa rejection over the next 28 days, we can only hope they’ll be fair to him and take into account the way his attitudes toward women have evolved since his conviction.
Breezy was previously allowed to perform Australia in 2012, but he’s been barred from entering Canada and Britain.
Tickets to his theoretical Australian tour are on sale now. Keep trying to crack that secret password, Chris.
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