Posters showing R. Kelly's plans to tour down under have hit the internet.
Is R. Kelly running away from the US, and hoping that his allegations won't follow him? Seems like that would be the logical thinking of a man who has been accused of rape allegations.
A poster seeming to advertise the singer going on tour in Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka was released online recently. No dates have been confirmed, but an event promotor called Flamingo Dreamz is attached to the proposed tour.
I’m happy R. Kelly just announced his tour, I can’t wait to call these venues, booking agents & promoters & get shows cancelled.#MuteRKelly isn’t just for this country, you’ll be muted in Australia, New England & Sri Lanka too. @DreamzFlamingo are the promoters! @RKelly pic.twitter.com/b9YvFCKzbR
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) February 5, 2019
Whether these posters are 100% legitimate still remains to be seen. Late last year, the singer took to social media to say that an advertised Australasia tour promoted by Big Music was "fake."
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🚨FAKE TOUR ALERT🚨 While I love all my amazing Fans in the Australia region I am NOT involved in this tour nor do I have knowledge of it, it’s promoters, etc. I will NOT be in Australia during these dates. Watch my social media...when it’s time for my next international tour (which is soon) you’ll hear it directly from me. Stay tuned for more King shit in the VERY near future! 👑
NME have reported that in a statement, Australia’s shadow minister for immigration and border protection, Shayne Neumann, has confirmed that they would be "seriously concerned" if R. Kelly was allowed to perform in the country.
"Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds … Labor would be seriously concerned if immigration minister David Coleman would allow an individual such as R Kelly into Australia.
"If the immigration minister suspects that a non-citizen does not pass the character test, or there is a risk to the community while they are in Australia, he should use the powers he has under the Migration Act to deny or cancel their visa" said Neumann.
A New Zealand petition on Change.org has already been singed by 1,228 people (at the time of writing) who want to prevent the singer from entering, should the tour happen. There is also a petition to stop him from entering Germany for two gigs in April, which has over 40,000 signatures.