R-Kelly has announced on his social media page – which has since been deleted – that he plans to tour Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
In the post, accompanied by a picture of the singer said: “See y’all soon” and then added, “The King of R&B”.
The singer didn’t reveal the date or venue for the tour, but the backlash was instantaneous.
A Labour politician, Shayne Neumann immediately called the Australia’s immigration to cancel his visa for failing the character test.
“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,” He said
He also told The Guardian that “Labor would be seriously concerned if Immigration Minister David Coleman would allow an individual such as R Kelly into Australia”.
A Department of Home Affairs spokesperson said the department did not comment on individual cases.
“All non-citizens entering Australia must meet, and continue to meet, the character requirements set out in the Migration Act 1958 (the Act). There are strong provisions under the Act to refuse or cancel a visa where a person is found not to be of good character,” the spokesperson said.
Others on Twitter also waged in and attacked the singer, so much so that he had to delete the tweet not long after.
The backlash against everything R Kelly started after the airing of the series, Surviving R Kelly – which is a six part series focusing on the singer’s alleged affairs with underage girls and subsequent sexual abuse