Two sponsors pull support from Chris Brown concert in Halifax after outcry

HALIFAX – Two sponsors have pulled their support from a summer music festival in Halifax after public outcry over the decision to have controversial American R&B singer Chris Brown headline the event.

Halifax-based spa Touch of Radiance announced Monday it was withdrawing its sponsorship of the concert, two days after telecommunications giant Rogers did the same.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, what happened,” said Jose Martins, who co-owns the beauty spa with his wife.

“We just found that his past and what happened with him does not align well with our values as a company.”

Brown, 24, pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. He hit, choked and bit the R&B star during an argument in Los Angeles following a pre-Grammy Award party.

He is scheduled to perform at a concert on Aug. 31, but his upcoming visit has already stoked a torrent of criticism on social media and even from the mayor, who told the Halifax Chronicle Herald over the weekend that the idea of someone like Brown performing in the city makes him sick.

The promoter behind the concert said he is not surprised to hear there has been such a backlash. But Stephen Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, said Brown was invited because of his musical talent and popularity, adding that the company does not condone his past behaviour.

“When you’re dealing with an artist of the size and calibre of Chris Brown, there’s bound to be conflicting opinions,” Tobin said Monday.

“He is as controversial as he is talented, there’s no denying that.”

He said there are thousands of people in the Maritimes who want to see the Grammy Award-winning musician.

“I believe it’s a very slippery slope when we start trying to censor or to dictate who can or cannot perform in this province,” said Tobin.

He said if people do not support Brown, they can simply choose not to buy a concert ticket.

The controversy for Brown is not without precedent.

He was scheduled to perform at a stadium concert last year in Guyana but cancelled after drawing the ire of women’s rights groups and opposition lawmakers in that country over his history of violence.




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Two sponsors pull support from Chris Brown concert in Halifax after outcry

  1. Several Groups are organizing Boycott all advertisers and supporters, as well as a telephone campaign. Their have been rumors of Gangs violence, If he attends. Does Mr. Tobin really think Money is more important.

    • Gang violence, really? You think people advocating AGAINST someone with a history of violence coming here will gang up and become violent?

      As a boycott advocate, I have not heard anything like that and on its face it’s ridiculous.

      • The head promoter of Drop Entertainment is getting threats of violence, people are going into his place of work and harassing him. People are scared to buy tickets or let people know they will be attending because they are scared for their safety. Is this how we want to be seen in the world Halifax? We support a stop to domestic violence with violence? I hope our Mayor is happy. He is going to have an all out war on his hands if he doesn’t stop with his careless comments. You have a right to attend or not attend. Not sure why people want to take away the freedom to choose or why they want to bully everyone else into not supporting him – it is crazy logic

  2. Who’s the opening act? Ted Nugent?

  3. Note to self: August 31st will be a good day to go to the beach, or to a movie.

  4. It’s three sponsors now; Molson Coors pulled their sponsorship as well.

  5. Interesting that some that were protecting the Dixie Chicks after some radio stations pulled their music a few years are screaming the loudest to boycott this concert. Chris Brown is a complete a-hole but he deserves a chance to earn a living.

    • Breaking news has it that Brown’s parole has been revoked because of some vehicle incident in Calif. I’m guessing that the promoter might have to arrange for a telescreen concert. To make lemonade from lemons, call it “Live From Folsom Prison, 2013″.

    • He can still earn a living. He might need to change careers into something less public, and perhaps stop beating up women while he’s at it.

    • Last time I checked the Dixie Chicks had not beaten someone black and blue.

      There is a big difference between having a differing political opinion with your countries leadership and going gangsta on your girl friend because you are a sociopath.

      And what next are you going to say that luka magnota deserves to make a living to??

      People like you are the type of people that keep a-holes like Brown rolling in the dough, you are willing to look the other way on his just out of the tree ways because he might be able to sing a song or two.

      • Ok, this logic all over here is ridiculious. You are saying that acts coming here that have convictions on drugs, child molestation and rape like the Stone Temple Pilots and the Rolling Stones are ok but you draw the line at Chris Brown and abuse? Why is abuse worse than rape of being a paedophile? The logic is shocking!

        • Can you read and understand english??

          I cannot find any reference to druggies and child molesters and rapists in my post.

          Look at my post and who I was replying to where he equated the political dissent of the dixie chicks to the beater and abuser Brown. The right to have a difference of opinion with your countries leader is one of the true rights and freedoms that we should protect with all of our might. However there is simply no right to go off on your significant other no matter how good you think your music might be.

          The abuser, be it rapist child molesters or wife/girlfriend beaters are all in the same boat. A boat that should be sunk with all on board as quickly as possible.

          I will need to make an exception for the guys and girls that like to take a few mind altering drugs, if I did not I would not be able to listen to any music.

  6. CHRIS BROWN REALLY PEOPLE THIS IS SO NOT COOL!!! YOU REALLY SIT HERE AND ACT LIKE YOUR SO INNOCENT WHEN YOUR NOT. PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND IT TAKES TWO IN A FIGHT SO RHIANNA IS NO ANGEL(GET OVER IT THEY ARE BACK TOGATHER) SO WHY NOT HAVE HER NOT COME ANYMORE EITHER OR ANY ARTIST MATTER OF FACT BECAUSE THEY ALL MADE MISTAKES. ITS LIKE ALL THE RAPPERS AND SUCH GET PUNISHED BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK BUT WHITE PEOPLE CAN WALK IN FREELY LOOK AT KISS , ALICE COPPER AND ALL THEM THEY ARE ALLOWED HERE WHEN CLEARLY THEY HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORDS … THIS IS HONESTLY SO NOT COOL.
    WHAT KIND OF GOVERMENT SYSTEM IS THIS AND WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE YOU .. NO ONE IS PERFECT WHY NOT LOOK AT PEOPLE AROUND YOU THAT GET BEAT AND SUCH AND GET HELP FOR THEM .. HONESTLY YOU DONT KNOW WHAT WENT ON BEHIND THAT CLOSED DOOR SO NOBODY CAN TALK.. SO CAUSE HE IS FAMOUS AND PEOPLE MADE THIS HUGE DISPUTE HE CANT COME, YOU DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPEND BESIDES WHAT WAS SAID IN THE MEDIA SO STOP WITH YOU TALKING CAUSE YOU CANT. THIS IS SO PATHETIC GET OVER YOURSELFS .. YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT HAVE ANYONE COME cause they all records might as well say no to all concerts. People deserve chances so he dont get one cause he is a celebirty, not cool. so should you get chances not really cause chris is only human and if you dont like him just dont go get over yourselfs this is dumb

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