Amid public outcry in Guyana over his vicious 2009 attack of then-girlfriend Rihanna, R&B star Chris Brown has decided to cancel his performance there next month.
The concert promoter, Hits & Jams Entertainment posted the announcement on its website Wednesday:
"The management team in a correspondence to HJ Entertainment said they do not feel comfortable at this stage allowing the multi-award winning singer to come to Guyana as they have been following reports in the local and international press about the protests over his Guyana appearance," the website stated. "Over the weekend, the singer's performance in Europe was smeared with widespread protests. His team appears to be making efforts to avoid similar protests.His management team has indicated that they remain interested in having the singer perform in Guyana but just not at this time under the current circumstances."
Brown was scheduled to headline a show on Boxing Day, December 26, 2012 at the Guyana National Stadium, but women’s groups and local politicians objected, The Associated Press reported.
Local activists argued that Brown's appearance would be inappropriate considering the high levels of domestic violence in the country, Guyana's Stabroek News said.
"Many young men and women in our communities are still unaware that domestic violence in the global context has now been defined as a serious human rights violation, as opposed to your average “mistake”, and they are also unaware that when a man batters his girlfriend and/or wife, it is not a private matter, but a public one," the Stella’s Sisterhood of Support and Service (S4) Foundation wrote, later adding, since the government announced support Brown's concert, "an increasing number of young Guyanese women have dismissed Rihanna’s abuse. Indeed, this disturbing view is in line with the feelings of those who believe that she was responsible for the incident."
Guyana isn't alone in its protests. Earlier this month, angry protesters in Stockholm, Sweden, plastered the police photo of the Barbadian superstar’s beaten face on posters promoting Brown’s November 19th concert there.
According to the police affidavit, in 2009, Brown punched, choked, bit, and rammed Rihanna's face into the passenger side car window after she "picked up Brown's phone and observed a three-page text message from a women who Brown had a previous sexual relationship". He later pleaded guilty to felony assault and was put on five years' probation.
Since then, Brown, 23, has worked to repair his image - undergoing violence counseling, putting out a new album, and although they have denied reports that they are back together, the pair recorded a duet, “Nobody’s Business,” for Rihanna’s recently released album, “Unapologetic."