Mayor Mike Savage of Halifax in Canada spoke publicly about his disdain for Chris Brown, saying he felt ‘sick’ that Chris would be performing in the city this August. HollywoodLife.com spoke to him exclusively, and he told us he’s discouraging people from attending. Is he being unfair?
Chris Brown has tried to move on from his past through charitable work, but not everyone is able to forget about his troubled history. The singer was recently slammed by the Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage, who exclusively told HollywoodLife.com that he has a “pretty negative opinion of Chris,” and he would even discourage people from attending Chris’ upcoming show!
Mike Savage Slams Chris Brown
Mayor Savage spoke to us about Chris, 24, and his upcoming performance at the Energy Rush show in Halifax on August 31. He openly and honestly said he was not impressed that Chris would be performing, due to his past issues with domestic violence.
Here’s what he told us:
Violence against women is a gregarious issue, and people are concerned because it is a big issue in Nova Scotia. We are not going to pull the plug on the show, but when people ask me my opinion I’ll tell them. It’s just my opinion as a father and as a Mayor. It’s not for me to decide, but sure, if people asked me I would encourage them not to go to the show. We need more freedom of expression. I have an obligation to say my piece. I can’t comment on his music. If you ask me, I have a pretty negative opinion of Chris Brown.
Originally, the mayor said he felt “sick” that Chris would be performing in Halifax, and the show lost a sponsor when Chris was announced as the headliner.
“It makes me kind of sick, to be honest with you, that someone like this will be performing in Halifax,” he told Canada’s Chronicle Herald. He continued:
Those of us who are in public life — I’m in public life, he’s in public life — you have to be responsible for your past actions, and I think it sends a very, very wrong message to everybody. I’m not keen on the city supporting this in any way.
As a city, [we] believe it reflects poorly on us to not only host such an artist, but to make him the headliner of this show. It says that as a city, we do not care for domestic abuse as long as you can write a catchy dance song.
HollywoodLife.com also spoke to Chris’s rep, who says Chris partakes in many charitable endeavors — and that he is focused on the future, not the past.
Chris Brown’s Rep Speaks Out
“It’s a shame that some people are so short-sighted and uninformed,” his rep told HollywoodLife.com. Chris is an award-winning artist whose goal is to inspire and entertain.” She continued:
He engages in many philanthropic endeavors to support his community and communities worldwide including the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Best Buddies, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Kids Wish Network, Get Schooled and Home Again.
He’s just embarked on the Unity Campaign to bring people together despite their differences while promoting tolerance and forgiveness. Chris strives to learn from his past and to grow as a person, as we should all do. Chris is looking forward to being a part of the Energy Rush Concert Series.
Chris is certainly very active on the charity scene, and he was further defended by Stephen D. Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, which putting on the Energy Rush concert series. Stephen said:
Chris Brown is a multi-platinum, award winning, international artist and we are pleased to be welcoming him to Canada. Although Chris is as controversial as he is talented, there is no denying that he is one of the biggest, boldest, chart-topping names in the music industry today.
With the momentum of Chris’s new album set to release this Fall, we have full confidence these Canadian performances will in fact be very well received. The negativity has surprised us in Halifax because in Toronto & Winnipeg, the reaction has been nothing short of electric and positive.
To quote one of many positive comments we have received online…. ”Moral arguments have nothing to do with art. If that was the case, there’d be very few artists we could all feel good about. Every artist worth my time has some sort of issue. Whether it’s George Michael or Michael Jackson, I don’t care what anybody does in their personal life, as long as their music’s bangin’.”
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Do you agree or disagree with the Mayor? Are his comments too harsh?
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