Chris Brown forced to cancel concert

While Rihanna may have forgiven her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, for the 2009 assault that left her bloody and badly bruised, otthers haven’t forgotten.

Recently, the Turn Up the Music crooner backed out of an upcoming concert in Guyana after women’s groups and lawmakers lauched protests against Brown appearing in their nation.

The Associated Press Reports:

Organizers say American R&B star Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown was billed to headline a Dec. 26 show. But he drew the ire of women’s rights groups and opposition lawmakers who said Brown would not be welcome in Guyana three years after his assault of Barbadian superstar Rihanna.

Concert promoter Hits & Jams Entertainment said Thursday that Brown backed out, citing discomfort with the protests.

The protests that led to Brown backing out of the show in Guyana isn’t the first of its kind. Back in September, an anti-violence group in London plastered stickers on some of Chris Brown’s CDs with the tagline: “WARNING: Do not buy this album, this man beats women.” And a few weeks ago, a group in Sweden used images of Rihanna’s battered face to “promote” Brown’s concert.

While the pair seemed to have fixed their friendship (and allegedly spent Thanksgiving together), it seems like it will take a lot longer for others to move on from “the incident” that changed their careers—and relationship—forever.

24 Comments

  1. alldawg

    You are right people should not hit people…
    The bigger than me argument is lame, riri move on. To bad other people cant.

  2. heide

    Yeah why not just go ahead and get the lynch mob after him. I mean obviously the public isn’t satisfied with the courts punishment then we should by all means go ahead and take matters into our own hands and decided this young man’s future. He has no right to move on with his life until we decide if and when that is to happen.

    • Mademoiselle

      He has a right to move on, everyone else has the right to boycott/protest what they believe is unjust — that’s the most basic form of influence consumers have on what gets marketed and sold to them. No one is violating his rights with this protest. Just because he satisfied the courts doesn’t mean he’s satisfied the people that he’s trying to sell himself to.

      In business, what he did would be considered reputation risk (anything that has the potential to damage the perception of the brand), and this protest is an example of the consequences of that decision: losing the respect of some music patrons, leading to a negative impact on your bottom line. If performing in Guyana is important to him, he’ll need to do what all other businesses do to regain customer loyalty: rebuild his reputation. Seems like just moving on hasn’t made the impact on patrons he wishes it had.

    • Mademoiselle

      @SMH I’m not saying either one of them is more right or wrong than the other. The difference between his reception and hers is probably due to all the preemptive actions she took early on: the police pictures, all the media attention, etc. Reputation risk is all about perceptions. Facts, accountability, etc. are all secondary to the perception people have of your brand.

  3. Ms. Write

    Good for them!

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