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Mike Tyson in Australia

What a load of crock!

This is something that angered me from the first time I heard Mike Tyson was coming to our shores. To tour nonetheless. And talk to a large audience. I’m not putting up links to the same as I do not want to promote it.

But here are a couple of things I don’t understand.

Firstly, why is it that people are flocking to hear him speak? This is a guy who is a convicted rapist. A criminal in other words. How is he even a champion? [That’s one of the words in the event he is talking at] And what is a he a champion of? Raping women? Fighting unfairly and biting off an opponent’s ear?

Secondly, why is it that he was allowed to enter Australia in the first place? I thought we had people declare their criminal convictions before entering our country and not let them in if they have one. And on Border Security, customs seems to be pretty keen on sending back anyone with a criminal history. Why then, have we let this rapist enter our shores? Why couldn’t we follow in our neighbour’s footsteps and not let him in.

Thirdly, just because someone acts in a comic role in a movie, are we supposed to forgive them of a criminal past? This is not someone who had a drug addiction problem and overcame that to come back with a bang. This is someone who committed a crime, spent time in gaol and then decided to act and continue boxing. And conveniently, people seemed to forget his criminal past.

All I can say is this: I judge Mike Tyson. But I also judge the people who endorse him, interview him and who attend his talks. I judge them as having the same low morals and ethics as this guy. And honestly, Australian immigration…you are so keen on “stopping the boats”, it appears you are still content to let convicted criminals into our country by air.

What is your view on this? Do share…

Until next time,

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  • Nishita
    November 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Agree with you completely. Even though his stay in Australia is temporary, it leaves a bad message.

  • Jas
    November 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I am amazed that Australia which has very strict laws have allowed him to come and to talk on a public platform.

  • Sumeetha Manikandan
    November 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I support your stance whole heartedly. But then I am also curious as to what he is going to talk about. Maybe you can post a follow up on what exactly he spoke about.

  • NS
    November 20, 2012 at 2:19 am

    As a feminist, I agree to you. I don’t know why people are turning blind just because he is a ‘celebrity’. Rules don’t seem to be applying to the (in)famous..

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