Rogers Communications, one of the sponsors of a concert in northeastern Canada, has withdrawn from the event after Chris Brown signed on to perform.
Energy Rush, a show put on by radio station Energy 103.5, is set for August 31 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chris is scheduled to be the headlining act.
Rogers, a major Canadian telecommunications firm, states that that it pulled its sponsorship from the show specifically because Brown will be present.
A company spokesman said in a statement:
"Rogers has been a sponsor of the Energy Rush concert series for the last seven years, an opportunity that has brought many popular musical acts to metro Halifax."
"Our agreement to continue sponsorship of the series was made before Chris Brown's appearance was announced," the company said.
"However, as soon as he was confirmed as one of eight performers, we decided to withdraw our sponsorship at this time.
"We have shared a great partnership with the local radio station for the last seven years and we appreciate their understanding of our decision."
Brown's rep responded, "It's a shame that some people are so short-sighted and uninformed. Chris is an award-winning artist whose goal is to inspire and entertain."
"He's just embarked on the Unity Campaign to bring people together despite their differences while promoting tolerance and forgiveness."
"Chris strives to learn from his past and to grow as a person, as we should all do. Chris is looking forward to being a part of the Energy Rush Concert Series."
"He engages in many philanthropic endeavors to support his community and communities worldwide including the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Best Buddies, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Kids Wish Network, Get Schooled and Home Again."