News Update: British Home Office explains why they denied Chris Brown Entry…
R&B star Chris Brown announced yesterday that he had to cancel his European ‘Fan Appreciation’ tour because he was denied entry. I speculated yesterday that there could be another reason for the cancellation (possible poor ticket sales) but this is not the case, it appears the British Home Office has come forward to explain why they denied him a visa to enter the country. According to the Home Office, he was refused permission on the grounds of being guilty of a serious criminal offence.
In a statement, the Home Office implied that his assault conviction towards ex-girlfriend Rihanna was the main reasoning behind their denial. They said: “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence. Public safety is one of our primary concerns. Each application to enter the UK is considered on its individual merits”.
The singer was due to play three UK concerts, starting in Glasgow on Wednesday night, as well different dates in London and Manchester. A concert in the Irish Republic at Cork was also cancelled. His Publicist has also released an official statement about the cancelled tour: “Due to issues surrounding his work visa, the Ireland and United Kingdom leg of Chris Brown’s Fan Appreciation Tour has been postponed. Chris looks forward to performing for his fans abroad in the near future and thanks them for their continued support”.
Public safety? That some excuse? A pretty lame excuse too. The guy has done his community service, taken up anger management classes, and contributed a lot towards charity this year. Whilst terrorists are allowed to live in the country, their main concern is to imply that someone who is trying to rebuild his life and perform to his fans across the universe is a danger to the British public? Somehow i really dont think so. Chris Brown after all the hard work hes done to try and rebuild his image , im sure would never jeopardise that. I hope the concerts do get rearranged so Chris can perfom to his UK FANS! :)