Domestic abuse fundraiser protests Chris Brown Halifax concert

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg woman is protesting an upcoming Chris Brown concert by holding a rival event — a fundraiser for domestic violence victims.

Susie Parker says she had a “gut reaction” when she heard the controversial American R&B artist was coming to Manitoba. She says she decided to give people an opportunity to give their money to a worthy cause instead of to Brown.

A bowling alley has offered space for the Aug. 29 event and Parker says many people have made donations. Four corporate sponsors have pulled out of Brown’s upcoming performance in Halifax following a backlash there.

Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 following a pre-Grammy Award party.

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  • Michael
    July 18, 2013 - 09:46

    I was a Chris Brown fan before that incident, but for the life of me, I can't imagine how so many people seem to have given him a pass and moved on. He gets so much airplay on radio, he gets movie roles and he sells out concerts. I just don't get it. I mean, if he was charged with assault in a bar room fight, or charged with something like tax evasion, sure I can see why people might look the other way. But beating up a woman? To me, there's no forgiving and forgetting when to comes to that. And the fact is, most of his fans are women and that baffles me. Good for Ms. Parker for standing up and saying this is not ok.