GetUp, an Australian activist group, asks everyone “to take a stand against ambivalence towards violence against women” and sign their online petition requesting the Federal Government to ban US Singer Chris Brown from entering the country.
Brown is set to have his concert in Australia this December as part of his One Hell of A Nite tour.
“No Chris Brown. You’re not welcome in Australia” was the banner on the GetUp website.
The petition states, “if we stand by and do nothing while he performs around the country (even if we don’t have the faintest interest in Brown’s career or pop music in general) we are implicitly sending the message that if you brutally beat a woman, in a short amount of time you will be forgiven, or even celebrated.”
It is to be recalled that in the past years, Brown was involved in domestic violence. The Guardian UK reports that in 2009, Chris Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation and six months of community labor for beating his former girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
Another report by the site in 2014 revealed Brown also pleaded guilty of assaulting a man outside a Washington Hotel. At the time the assault happened, he was still under the five-year probation given to him in 2009.
The group thus urge Immigration Minister of Australia Peter Dutton to deny the US Singer a visa as they believe that Brown is in breach of the Australian visa character test for having “a substantial criminal record.”
In a BBC News report, Australia’s Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, expressed that the government is not hesitant to say no.
Cash said, “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'”
To date, the petition already has 10, 355 signatures.