Chris Brown has made a passionate, if bizarre, plea to be let into Australia, if only so he can educate the masses on domestic abuse.
It's a strange tactic, but desperate times call for desperate measures, as the singer strives to get past the country's Department of Immigration and Border Protection, who have issued him with a notice of intention to refuse a visa to enter the country and perform there.
Chris Brown, whose assault of then girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammys remains on his record, has written a series of tweets affirming that he is just the right person to come to the country, and teach them what they need to know about domestic abuse.
I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence.Im not the pink elephant in the room anymore— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA's. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives.— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) September 29, 2015
The Australian border protection people have been busy in recent times, refusing Snoop Dogg a visa in 2007 due to his extensive criminal record, and in the last few months has summoned actress Amber Heard to court in Queensland, charged with illegally bringing her husband Johnny Depp's dogs into the country while he was filming there. Snoop was later allowed into Australia, while Amber's case has yet to be heard.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed that Chris Brown was told he would have his visa refused, explaining that the singer, like everyone else in similar circumstances, would have 28 days to present a good case as to why they should be allowed a visa, after which a final decision would be made.
It looks as though Chris has made his case, and it consists of not being a pink elephant any more. Watch this space.