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.

  • Bella

    So proud of my West Indian brothers/sisters!

  • EST. 1986


  • slim

    Doesn’t help that Rihanna is half Guyanese either..
    She obviously forgave him and is past the situation; it’s a pity others aren’t.

  • The Other Jess

    THIS. THANK YOU GUYANA! I am soooo glad to hear that there are still some Black women in the world, especially the Americas, that have high self-esteem and enough self-love to tell Chris “Criminal” Brown to KISS IT – and i don’t mean the lips either.

  • Nnaattaayy

    This is fantastic!! US seriously needs to advance socially & take a few lessons from Guyana!!

  • Mademoiselle

    It doesn’t bother me that people are still upset with Chris Brown this long after the incident. Domestic violence has the potential to traumatize a person for the rest of his/her life. It makes sense that the criticism should be equally long-lasting. Rhianna may be over it, but just like she can’t predict whether the memory of the event will eventually lead her to a dangerous lifestyle, he can’t predict if/when his reputation will ever fully bounce back. Doesn’t seem unfair at all considering the risk he took by putting his hands on her.

  • Drebin

    correction: no has a right to hit anyone regardless of gender.

  • slim

    yes and if she wants him back, then that is her business. i’m quite sick of them and this topic to be honest. i just wish they would go away

  • chanela17

    i would like to know when the HELL people are gonna start protesting sean penn (he beat up madonna back in the day) john lennon beat all of his wives and yet his ass is still celebrated. why are people only coming for chris brown’s head as if hes the frist man on earth to do it?

    i dont even like chris brown but i’m just puzzled as to why everybody is only coming after him.

  • ladyxenu

    For one thing, times have changed a lot thank heavens, and also I’m wondering whether those women pressed charges as Rihanna did. Even if she didn’t press charges, going to the police makes it a matter of public record and if it involves a famous identity, it will be leaked to the press. Not sure that these other women have mug shots of themselves on the internet. But fyi, I boycott movies and music of any man who’s beat his wife/partner. The Chris Brown/Rihanna incident got the most publicity.

    Mel Gibson’s infamous audio tapes of his verbally threatening violence against his Russian partner are all over the internet too. And Alec Baldwin’s recorded phone call abusing his daughter. Etc. Etc.

    If men like Sean Penn get away with it, and I agree with you that he has, it’s because he has a powerful male-dominated Hollywood system and culture behind him. But whenever there’s a picture of a battered woman accompanying the “story,” it will get more traction with the media, and therefore come to everyone’s attention.

    And if men reported violence against them by women, it wouldn’t be tolerated either.

  • Flash

    Because he is young, black, famous and at worse successful, a perfect target for the Jewish run media to expose and constantly get publicity, because they know people will have despised him already for attributes I listed and all they need is a legit reason to show their hatred.

    Makes me chuckle though how these same people will flock to the cinema to see the latest Batman or X-men movie not knowing that Christian Bale was arrested for assaulting his sister and mother and Micheal Fassebender (who plays Magneto) brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

    There’s ALOT of these woman beaters swanning around Hollywood and people just turn a blind eye to it, I guess media is powerful and people will generally hate who they are taught to.

  • Tracy

    Dont’t forget Charles Estevez aka Charlie Sheen

  • Chika

    I understand your point, except we’re talking about Guyanese folks here. Although people in the US have criticized Chris Brown (and rightfully so), none of his concerts have been banned on US soil, he still performs at award shows with virtually no resistance, just like people still go to see Christian Bale in movies and listen to John Lennon records. There’s almost always a double standard for Black men and White men but in this particular case, I don’t think Chris Brown has gotten an unfair amount of criticism.
    And really, it doesn’t matter if White men who beat men might possibly get less criticism than Black Men. White men do it too and get away with it is never an excuse. But I don’t think that’s what you were implying, just wanted to say that last point.

  • Keepitreal

    I was waiting for the “but but they do it too” brigade to show up. There can be an article on a child molester of color and without skipping a beat someone will chime in “Well…..they do it too!!!!!” So pathetic but expected.

    You and others may worship at the feet of “they” but I thankfully do not. I don’t give a shit about what they do or did. I however do give a damn about the message sent out to little black girls and boys.

    “They” (white women/girls) are in general treated as a protected class minus rare exceptions black women on the other hand are not afforded the same protection. We are attacked in the media and every single day on hip hop stations yet mums the word. How do you think this effects the psyche of young black girls and boys?

    It was of no surprise to me when the Rihanna battered photos came out the reaction on pretty much all of the major black blogs was “Well, what did she do to provoke him?”

    So pardon me, if I get a little giddy at the idea of someone standing up for black women and against domestic violence even if it means not supporting a (woman biting, beating and leaving for dead) black man.

  • alldawg

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

  • alldawg

    These BW in question have a disrespectful disposition toward BM, in particular one that deviates from the idea that BM are suppose to worship BW like a demi-god.

    I support CB, and wish him well. He’s gonna need it against people who live in the past.

  • 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.

  • Pseudonym

    To add to that, Chris Brown has continued to act short-tempered and unstable since the day he beat up Rihanna. He threw a chair at a window when he was at NBC Studios in NY (and what if that chair had gone through the window? He was in a friggin’ high rise building. He could have killed someone!). Then there are his aggressive tweets after he won his award.

    I think THAT is what adds to some of the public opinion. He seems to not have learned or decided to change a damn thing about his anger and aggression issues.

  • Keepitreal

    Female what, m’am?

    And clutch, what happened to my well thought out response, ugh!

  • 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.

  • Ms. Write

    Good for them!

  • Ravi

    F*** CB

  • Flash

    @Notkeepingit real

    You soley want to focus on black women I focus on racism period…

    Jeff Goldblum beat Gian davis but acts each wk on a TV series with nothing said. Mickey Rouke beat wife Carrie Otis but still won a golden Globe in 09 and continues to star in top rated films. Sean Penn beat Madonna and Robin Wright-Penn yet he won an Oscar in 09 and is now the Ambassador to Hati. Where are the CRITICS, FEMINST GROUPS etc to complain?

    2011 Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award winner Glenn Campbell routinely beat wife country great Tanya Tucker even knocked out her two front teeth. Yet, I have never heard the White or Black media refer to any of these adult white men as ABUSERS or WIFEBEATERS? RACISM IS REAL FOLKS!

    Eminem beat wife Kim & made songs abt killing her. Tommy Lee (Motley Crew) beat wife Pam Anderson and had 22 different counts of DV against him. His bandmate Vince Neil in Feb 2011 was arrested for beating his girlfriend in Vagas. Country Star Rodney Atkins was arrested for DV in Nov 2011 for beating his wif Tammy in front of their son. Ozzy Osbourne beat & knocked out wife Sharon’s front teeth…

    Charlie Sheen has a 20 yr history of beating women. He shot Kelly Preston, strangled & beat wife Denise Richards, and stabbed & beat wife Brook Muller. He was arrested in 2011, 6 days from the end of his ONE YEAR probation for beating his last wife, when he destroyed the PH suite at the NYC Plaza to the tune of 33k. Yet Chris hears no end of one incident. The mainstream media loves to demonize black men, and can’t stand to see them make a comeback and still have fans and be successful.

    I dont care what you write if I see racism I’m calling peeps out on it!

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