Chris Brown wants to get into Australia to talk about domestic violence
Chris Brown's potential denial of an Australian visa, and therefore cancellation of his tour, has led him to try to negotiate with the Australian authorities, and his bargaining tool is exactly what might get him banned from entering — his domestic violence charge against his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
According to ABC News, the Australian immigration authorities issued Brown a "Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal" of his visa — perhaps in the hopes that he would get confused by the lingo and give up trying to get into the country. Jokes aside, it is clear how badly Brown wants to come to Australia, and he has taken to Twitter to make his feelings known.
But so far there has been no mention of how he would raise awareness for domestic violence. He has 28 days to provide compelling evidence as to why he should be allowed to enter the country — and we're left scratching our heads wondering just how serious he is about starting a conversation about abuse.
How would Brown go about raising awareness for this worldwide problem? Would he host a workshop, or would he make a few comments onstage after his performance? Will he still be charging for his shows, or will he decide to donate that money to shelters for women and children who have been victims of abuse?
There are any number of paths he could take, and no doubt he is using the 28-day appeal period by planning the best ways to do so. But the message on domestic violence may be better heard if he were to be denied entry to Australia.
Whatever Brown does, he will have to satisfy Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that he won't "vilify a segment of the Australian community" or "incite discord".
Khanh Hoang, an associate lecturer from the Australian National University's Migration Law Program, told News.com.au that, "The powers are extremely broad, the minister only has to be satisfied that there is a risk that a segment of the community could be vilified." He said it would be "pretty hard" for Brown to argue his case.