Local politicians in Australia are calling for R. Kelly to be barred from the country. The singer recently announced plans to head Australia on a tour, but recent allegations of sexual abuse and disturbing details from Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly have led to backlash and even investigations. According to BBC News, Australia’s opposition Labor party have released a statement supporting “the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds,” demanding Kelly not be allowed to enter the country.
Australia has previously denied visas to Chris Brown, based on his history of domestic violence, and Floyd Mayweather because of his history of family violence. The backlash against the singer’s Australian tour comes after two North Carolina radio stations dropped Kelly’s music from their playlists. Charlotte-based WOSF-FM and WBAV-FM will no longer support the singer. The Grio reports that WOSF-FM’s operations manager, Jeff Anderson, said he believes it is not in the best interest of the station to play Kelly’s songs. R. Kelly continuously denies allegations of sexual abuse of women and minors, along with allegations of physical abuse. TOPICS: