Snoop Dogg gets Australian visa despite petition from women's rights activists

The rapper will headline Big Day Out, one of Australia's premier music festivals.
Posted By Kate Stanton  |  Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM
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Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Snoop Dogg will be getting his Australian work visa after all, despite protests from activists who claim his music promotes violence against women.

The 42-year-old American rapper needed the entry visa to perform at Australia's six-city Big Day Out music festival, which will also feature Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire.

But Talitha Stone, an active member of the group Collective Shout, started a petition calling on Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to revoke the rapper's visa.

Stone cited Snoop Dogg's criminal history, which includes drug sale and possession, firearm possession, vandalism and gun possession. The Australian government cited those convictions in 2007 and prevented him from entering the country. The government lifted the ban in 2008.

"‘Snoop Dogg’ (more recently ‘Snoop Lion’), real name Calvin Broadus, promotes hate speech against women," Stone wrote. "He is famous for his misogynistic lyrics, referring to women as ‘bitches’ and ‘hoes.'"

As a society which claims to be serious about eradicating violence against women, there should be no place for recording artists who glorify misogyny and degrade women for entertainment. Welcoming artists like Snoop Dogg sends a message that we don’t take our obligations to address violence against women seriously.

Morrison told reporters Wednesday that "Snoop Dogg has a visa" but did not comment further.

[Sydney Morning Herald, Billboard]

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