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Swedish paper to boycott Chris Brown concert

Swedish paper to boycott Chris Brown concert

Published: 16 Nov 2012 14:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2012 14:07 GMT+01:00

Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) has chosen not to review the upcoming Chris Brown concert in Stockholm due to the rapper’s conviction for beating up then girlfriend Rihanna three years ago.

SvD columnist Kristin Lundell wrote that she was “disgusted” that the artist would be treated to cheering crowds in Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena on Monday.

“Hopefully I won’t have to read about it as I hope that no papers will review the concert,” she wrote in her column.

Lundell suggested that the papers might instead publish some statistics on violence against women.

“Three years is not that long ago. Surely Chris Brown should have to pay penance longer than that,” she wrote.

The upcoming concert gained worldwide attention last week on the heels of a guerrilla marketing campaign in which alternative posters were put up across Stockholm depicting Rihanna's battered face from 2009.

The companies booking Brown have been urged to retract the invitation due to the performer’s violent past but representatives say that booking the singer doesn’t mean they condone violence against women.

“One has to separate the artist Chris Brown from the person. Chris Brown is here as a performer. His songs are played on all Swedish radio stations. He received a prize at the MTV awards recently and all his gigs across the world are sold out," a PR agent for one of the organizers, Stockholmsgruppen, told media paper Resumé last week.

So far, however, no other papers have said they will boycott the concert.

The Dagens Nyheter (DN) music reviewer and moral philosopher Thomas Anderberg will be reviewing the show. He thinks it would be a different story if Brown's lyrics also glorified abusing women.

"The way I see it, it's not morally wrong to review or attend the concert. He has been punished and no one is hushing up the incident. On top of that it is a good opportunity to get violence against women onto the agenda," he said to DN.

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14:52 November 16, 2012 by Dazzler
"One has to separate the artist Chris Brown from the person."

Hey! Hitler was an artist too!!

No wonder the world is going to sh!t.
16:23 November 16, 2012 by Carbarrister
Obviously, DN is racist. I am sure in Chris Brown's world the "Ho" deserved it. Who are we to judge a black man?
18:22 November 16, 2012 by Eric1
Gotta get with the program, white man racist, black man pure, or it's to re-education camp for you.
20:12 November 16, 2012 by djmarko
its been cancelled apparently!!!! thumbs up to the feminist!!
20:58 November 16, 2012 by heroine
I agree 200% with SvD about boycotting the concert.

Chris Brown needs to be ostracized from society! The violent maniac needs to be quarantined...period.
21:14 November 16, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
While I agee Chris Brown is a worthless little punk, I am amazed that Swedes only act concerned about violence against women when a celebrity is involved. Why is there no outrage and protests over the "honor killings" here by refugees from a certain part of the world? Those crimes against women also deserve publicity and protests!
00:31 November 17, 2012 by G Kin
@Enrichment and Diversity

Do you believe that every person coming from what ever parts of the world you referring to is BAD?. What kind of bias sweeping logic is that?. There are bad people every where and it does not help to judge they way you seem to. Anders Haglund that murdered the 10 year old little girl Engla ( May her soul rest in peace) is swede for the love of God, yet the crime he committed is just unthinkable.

But yea, Chris Brown did a terrible thing.
06:31 November 17, 2012 by prince T
What is wrong with svd

This guy beat up his girlfriend

Servered his time. Community service.

Used every opportunity to apologise to Rihana and the public

He has reconciled with rihana and rumour that they are backt together

What a hypocrite are we.

Why domt we deal the thug called a parliamentariam carrying rod in the middle of the road to attack a woman. Or hitler ikeA. Is
11:18 November 17, 2012 by Ulvenkai
You cannot separate the "artist" from the "man" -- they are one and the same.

Glorifying one glorifies the other.

Any reasonable and unbiased individual can see that.

Very glad that there are Swedish people taking a stand against monsters like this being glorified in their society.
20:58 November 17, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@djmarko Nothing's been cancelled. The show will still go on as scheduled at Globen Monday night.
21:26 November 17, 2012 by prince T
Glad to hear that @ spud
06:18 November 18, 2012 by Nifty
So how did this guy get a visa with an assault conviction?
06:21 November 18, 2012 by voiceofreason
Burn him at the stake, it will probably calm SvD's rage.

Hyprocrites
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