Back in September, Australia stated it had plans to deny Chris Brown a visa because of his criminal conviction for battling his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. However, promoters maintained his tour and had programmed December dates in Australia and New Zealand…. Nevertheless, two days ago it was announced that the tour had been canceled, and One Hell of a Night tour promoter declared on Tuesday that shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane were not going to happen.
Australia apparently doesn’t joke about domestic violence… however we have to wonder if they are been fair here. Far from defending Brown’s horrific action, a lot of people rightly expressed their indignation and the unequal treatment reserved for him, whereas numerous white artists, who also have a history of domestic violence, have never encountered the same problem:
‘But be sure to ban performing artists such as Black Sabbath, Slash, Eminem and Motley Crüe who have attempted strangling women to death, have kicked their wives stomachs when pregnant and have very dark domestic abuse history in most of the relationships they have been in.The (white) artists I have just mentioned all are planning tours in Australia this year/next year, with tickets about to go on sale soon,’ wrote Kawsar Ali on her Facebook page
‘The exteriorisation of the threat via an immigration ban plays to persistent racial stereotypes about African American men, ideas not so dissimilar to those expressed in the campaign against Sonny Clay and his band. Everyone knows that rock music is full of misogynists, many of whom have been known to express their sexism in song. Yet somehow it’s always black artists turned back at the borders. “He has a whole string of convictions,” said Kevin Andrews back in 2007, as he explained why Snoop Dogg wouldn’t get a visa. “He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country.” Could you imagine a similar conversation about, say, serial drug abuser Keith Richards?’ wrote Jeff Sparrow for the Guardian.
And if we were only talking about Richards! Yanni, the famous New Age musician was charged with domestic abuse in Florida back in 2006, which never prevented him to tour Australia and New Zealand. Guns ‘n’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose was married with Erin Everly and she declared that their life was a ‘nightmare of domestic violence’, of course that never had any impact on the band’s tour which had numerous stops in Australia over the years/
I could go on, Motley Crue Tommy Lee was sentenced to six months in Los Angeles County Jail for battering his wife, actress Pamela Anderson in 1998, and I have never heard of Australia denying him a visa when Motley Crue toured there.
It is the same situation for white actors, what about Sean Penn who was charged with felony domestic assault after beating Madonna?
And what about Sean Connery, who was even married to an Australian woman? He was a wife beater and even publicly admitted he didn’t see anything wrong with it: ‘ I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman – although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man. An openhanded slap is justified – if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning,’ he declared in an interview, an opinion he has reiterated several times… you can find plenty of his outrageously misogynist comments all over interviews, such as: ‘I don’t think it’s bad [beating women], and I think it depends entirely on the circumstances, and if it merits it. If you have tried everything else – and women are pretty good at this – when they can’t leave it alone and want to have the last word, then you give them the last word. But they’re not happy with having the last word, they want to say it again and get into a really provocative situation. Then, I think it’s absolutely right.’
What a prick and a joke ‘Sir Connery’ is… But did you see his Bond’s movies banned from Australia? No in fact Australians adore him
Back in August, Tyler the creator, a black artist as everyone knows, was denied the entry of Australia, but the poor guy never touched a woman to my knowledge, this time it was just due to a complaint by a feminist group, Collective Shout, above the misogynist content of his lyrics, which advocate “rape and extreme violence against women”…and that’s simply ridiculous. What about all these movies that show violence against women? What about Eminem and his violent lyrics against women? Eminem who is also a wife beater by the way… although this never prevented him to tour Australia.
‘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,” told former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash, now Australia’s minister for Women.
It is clear there is a long list of white movie/rockstars who have been accused of domestic violence and never had any problem entering Australia, whereas Chris Brown is ostracized… why? Because his case was widely exposed in the media? Or because he is African American? I hate to turn anything into a race issue but what else is this?
in the middle of Latin Pop 2022
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This would be bigger if his audience was fifteen year old boys and not 35 year old incels
A Björk show goes way beyond a simple concert
Saturday night is are over..
a nice balance with big time celebrities
enthralling rock documentary with a laser vision
folk Americana half the time, country the other
What was he thinking?
The line up simply isn’t there…
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