There have been a number of arguments for and against allowing musician Chris Brown to come to New Zealand for a concert due to his history of violence, including a brutal attack on then partner Rihanna in 2009.
A number of Maori dames have supported Brown’s tour. Radio NZ:
Dame Tariana Turia says Chris Brown has a lot to offer to offer New Zealand and she was supporting his visit to this country.
She said she was sure he had learned from his mistakes.
It doesn’t say how she is sure.
Dame Tariana said she would write to the Immigration Minister in support of the performer’s visit.
“He would like to come here; he’s prepared to give a particular message to our young people. Our young people listen to people like Chris Brown. They don’t listen to me.
“I mean, I was involved in family violence [prevention] probably for a good 12 years of my time in Parliament. All the programmes that we put out there, nothing changes.”
Promoting people like Brown may suggest attitudes on change haven’t been optimal.
But Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis said Brown’s presence in New Zealand would do nothing to reduce this country’s rate of domestic violence.
“Do we really want our young people to be entertained by someone who has committed domestic violence?”
Mr Davis said domestic violence was a massive issue in New Zealand, and domestic violence crime statistics continued to rise.
Brown has already been banned from the United Kingdom and Canada.
An editorial in the Wanganui Chronicle (Mark Dawson) supports Brown:
I am sure Brown is still far from the perfect gentleman but if he seeks rehabilitation and redemption, let’s give him that chance in New Zealand.
One of the big questions is does he genuinely seek rehabilitation and redemption or is he saying what he thinks he needs to so his tour can go ahead.
After all, our political masters put out the welcome mat for foreign leaders with far bigger criminal pasts – it is just they haven’t actually been convicted.
That’s one of the silliest arguments I’ve seen on this.
Brown should be rehabilitating and redeeming in his own country.
If Brown had a record of genuinely speaking out against violence and proposed to come to New Zealand just to speak out against violence it would be different. But he wants to perform here.
Andrea Vance doesn’t think Brown should come -from Let’s not bend the rules for ‘breezy’ Chris Brown:
Rape culture is everywhere. It’s in Chris Brown’s misogynist lyrics and overly sexualised videos.
It’s reflected in the vulgar tweets he fired off to US comedian Jenny Johnson, calling her a bushpig, worthless bitch; he threated to defecate in her mouth and eyes, following it up with the charming offer to “suck my d***, YOU HOE.”
To bargain his case, Brown offered to “raise awareness” of domestic violence if he’s allowed into the country. Supporters claim his words carry weight with his younger fans.
But Brown’s message is one of insincerity. It’s a bargaining chip – and one that cannot be taken seriously while he continues to refer to women as bitches and hoes.
The gesture is cancelled out by his attitude, lack of genuine remorse and – frankly rapey – lyrics like: “I want your body/Let me get it from the back/girl, I’m about to attack.” Or “She’s more than a mistress/enough to handle my business/now put that girl in my kitchen.”
And a harsh cartoon in NZ Herald: