Netizens divided over Chris Brown’s stay in PH
Before he was granted clearance to leave the Philippines, American singer Chris Brown made extensive use of his various social media accounts to voice his concern regarding his situation.
Brown tweeted a couple of comments after he was barred from leaving due to an estafa complaint worth $1 million stemming from his no-show on Dec. 31, 2014, at Philippine Arena.
“This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this. I’ve done nothing wrong!!!” he tweeted. “I have nothing to do with anything going on right now. I came back to Manila to do a make-up show for New Years. I did the show three days ago.”
The R&B artist held a concert on July 21 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
As of article posting time, his tweets have since been taken down.
Brown also posted a few videos on his Instagram account, which consisted of pleas and rants interspersed with dance moves. He also not-so-subtly called on US President Barack Obama to help him.
One video featured the singer on his knees, saying, “Please, please, let us leave, please.”
Like his earlier tweets, the videos have also been removed.
Brown’s fans weren’t all too happy to hear of his “detention,” reviving a widely shared hashtag which gained popularity during his various court appearances.
— 무지개 맛 (@RoOwnsCJ) July 24, 2015
— Nay … (@__onlynay) July 24, 2015
— CB, PH Street Team! (@TeamCBManilaPH) July 24, 2015
Let Breezy go!! #FreeBreezy
— Luigi Altamirano (@luigialta) July 24, 2015
— [BREEZY] (@ChrisBrownEVENT) July 23, 2015
Hong Kong concert
Fans in Hong Kong also did not take kindly to Brown’s extended stay in the country, which caused the singer to miss his scheduled Hong Kong performance date.
Chris Brown wasn't allowed to leave the Philippines, missed a Hong Kong concert. Isn't that a slap in the face.
— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) July 23, 2015
the Philippines wont release Chris Brown to leave the country, he was scheduled to be in Hong Kong today… i hope thats Fine China
— Jamel L. Jackson (@JJax_) July 23, 2015
Some netizens, however, jokingly called for his permanent stay in the country.
Yeah lets keep Chris Brown in the Philippines, we need a new Keith Martin.
— KC Montero (@KCMontero) July 22, 2015
Dear #Philippines please keep Chris Brown & if you can manage it, also keep Kanye West if he's passing through. From music lovers worldwide
— Stephen Sutton (@Stippidoo) July 24, 2015
If the Philippines want to keep Chris Brown I think we should let them as a nice diplomatic gesture.
— Sarah Schechter (@SarahSoWitty) July 23, 2015
— I.M. Important (@freelancewoman) July 24, 2015
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) July 24, 2015
According to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio, Chris Brown has been given clearance for departure by the Bureau of Immigration and is now free to leave the country.
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