Canada blocks Chris Brown; concerts canceled

Greg Allen/Invision/APSinger Chris Brown performs at the Barclays Center in New York.

Canada, you’ve broken the hearts of literally dozens of teen girls, but we can’t say we blame you.

“The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry,” tweeted Chris Brown, singer and noted American doofus, on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”

Two of Brown’s concerts, one slated for Toronto on Tuesday and the other set for Montreal today, were canceled “due to immigration issues,” concert promoter Live Nation told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Brown deleted that tweet, but it’s likely the world’s most polite nation rebuffed him for his criminal record, including a 2009 felony assault against his then-girlfriend Rihanna. In 2010, the same charge prevented Brown from performing in the United Kingdom.

Brown is part of a long list of stars barred from foreign locales: Norway bounced rapper-investor Snoop Dogg (pot bust). The U.K. 86’d Martha Stewart (stock-market bust). Sri Lanka banned rapper Akon (booty bust, as in too many bikini babes gyrating near a Buddha statue in a music video).


Sorry, Internet creepers: It’s about to get tougher to find celebrity nudes.

Nearly six months after nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton were posted on Reddit, the social-media site announced Tuesday that it’s banning stolen images.

“If a photograph … of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on Reddit without your permission, it is prohibited,” reads the new policy, which somehow hadn’t previously occurred to anyone at the San Francisco-based website and won’t go into effect until March 10.

“We’re doing our best to anticipate while also acknowledging that we can’t predict the future, only do our best to address it when it happens,” Executive Chairman Alexis Ohanian told


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Giants pitcher Erik Cordier is 29. … Actress Rashida Jones (“The Office”) is 39. … Former Giants catcher Bob Brenly is 61. … Actress Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 73. … Former Giants outfielder and Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin is 96.

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