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Melbourne Nightclub Apologises, Cancels Controversial Chris Brown Tribute Night Following Backlash

Written by Emmy Mack on July 24, 2017

Melbourne nightclub Rats has been forced to axe a controversial Chris Brown tribute party set to go down this Saturday, 29th July.

As Seventh Street Media reports, the Facebook event was posted earlier today but swiftly binned following a storm of backlash from punters angry at the venue for celebrating the music of a “serial abuser”.

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Image via Facebook / Stephanie Conwell

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The venue’s response to the controversy has been nothing if not swift. Recognising the error of their ways, they quickly replaced the event with a tribute to Jason Derulo and issued a public apology for associating themselves with the notorious douche that is Breezy.

“Rats is a safe space and in no way, shape or form supports any violence, especially domestic violence,” the venue posted on Facebook. “We sincerely apologise for inferring otherwise.”

Chris Brown has of course been convicted of multiple domestic violence crimes against ex-girlfriend Rihanna and has also been investigated for allegedly assaulting other women.

You may recall the R&B singer’s Down Under dates were axed a week out from kick-off in 2015 following the launch of a campaign to deny him entry over his past domestic violence convictions, prompting the Australian Government to get involved, pledging to cancel his visa.

For those needing assistance, 1800 Respect – the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service – can be reached on 1800 737 732.

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