R. Kelly Announces Australian And New Zealand Tour
R. Kelly is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there.
The embattled musician announced on social media that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
"See y'all soon" the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration "The King of R&B." No dates or venues were revealed.
Right. R Kelly is ok... but not a refugee. Geez AUSTRALIA.... pic.twitter.com/CRIJOHScLY— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) February 6, 2019
R. Kelly announcing a tour of Australia and New Zealand as if news still travels by boat pic.twitter.com/CMMkwKo1Y5— trey taylor (@treytylor) February 5, 2019
The tour tweet was deleted after a backlash from Twitter users who urged fans not to buy concert tickets and criticised the announcement, pointing out the irony that "R. Kelly is going on tour instead of jail".
Kelly's career has been stifled since a #MuteRKelly campaign gained momentum last year to protest his alleged sexual abuse of women and girls, which Kelly denies.
Lifetime's documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" last month drew even more attention to the allegations, and his record label has reportedly dropped him.
Australia has denied entry to other foreigners on character grounds, among them troubled R&B singer Chris Brown, convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning, anti-vaxxer Kent Heckenlively and Gavin McInnes, founder of the all-male far-right group Proud Boys.
"If the Immigration Minister suspects that a non-citizen does not pass the character test, or there is a risk to the community while they are in Australia, he should use the powers he has under the Migration Act to deny or cancel their visa," senior opposition lawmaker Shayne Neumann said in a statement.
Australia's Home Affairs Department said it did not comment on individual cases. But the department said in a statement there were strong legal provisions to block entry to anyone "found not to be of good character."
Kelly is a multiplatinum R&B star who has not only notched multiple hits for himself, but also many high-profile performers.
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