Australian politicians call R. Kelly to be banned from touring
Australia’s opposition party has called for government to block any visa application from R. Kelly after the star announces his tour to their country.
“Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds,” the opposition party said in a statement to the BBC.
“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 obtained by the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, Kelly 52, announces his tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka’ “See y’all soon,” Kelly captioned the tour announcement flyer, which dubbed him the “The King of R&B.”
His announcement met with backlash from many people especially victim families following his sexual abuse allegations while the singer has denied all allegations.
Kelly deleted the announcement before Australia reaction after receiving negativity from his social medias.
“Ok but like did anybody apart from R. Kelly want R. Kelly to tour Australia?” one user wrote on Twitter.
“Shouldn’t you be in jail? You for sure aren’t welcome here in Australia buddy?” another tweet read.
“R. Kelly has no business coming to Australia. For any reason. At all,” another user expressed. In the past, Australia has denied entry to celebrities and musicians with troubling pasts including singer Chris Brown and boxer Floyd Mayweather.