Which One Of You Clever Melburnians Did This To Chris Brown’s New Tour Poster?
Are these all over the city? Can we buy you a beer? So many unanswered questions!
This post discusses domestic violence.
Unless you keep up to date with his promo partners Nova and Channel [V], you may have missed the news of Chris Brown’s latest tour. Largely ignored by the nation’s music press, it was announced just a couple of days ago that the R&B singer would be bringing his One Hell Of A Nite tour to Australia this December.
As the press details proudly stated, the Grammy Award winner has had great success in our country with four albums reaching the top 10 in our charts and last year’s X cracking the top five. After doing similar arena runs in both 2011 and 2012, he’ll be touring four capital cities before finishing off in New Zealand. Tickets go on sale next week.
Now, with posters starting to go up around the country, some very helpful Melburnian has added that one other detail the PR pros missed: he’s brutally assaulted at least one woman.
In eye-catching neon, the sticker on this poster — which is currently across the road from Richmond Station on Swan Street — very helpfully reminds passersby of the singer’s long history of domestic violence and assault. It brings up the memory of his 2009 attack of Rihanna on Grammys night; the accusation of a further attack of a 24-year-old woman in a nightclub in 2013; and that time he allegedly punched a guy after making homophobic remarks last year. The media have literally made timelines to keep up with it all.
It also reminds us of the fact the millionaire and hugely-successful musician has only just finished the probation for his first crime. It’s because of this that he has previously been denied entry to the UK and Canada, and now possibly New Zealand. On the same day of his tour announcement, the NZ Immigration Department announced his previous rejections would make him ineligible for a visa.
The sticker is great; a timely reminder of the enormous scope of domestic violence as Australia faces its own epidemic. But I still have questions.
Are there more on other posters around the city? How can we mass-produce them and get them around the country? Also, who made it? Did the Officeworks staff throw you weird looks when you printed it off? Can we buy you a beer?
Internet, do your thing. I want a name and an inbox full of amended posters by morning.
If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence of any kind, please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.