Famous American rapper Snoop Dogg receives Australian visa despite protests

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The famous rapper Snoop Dogg was given a temporary Australian visa for entertainments despite the campaign against him, therefore he will be able to perform at the Big Day Out festival which takes place in Gold Coast, Sydney in January every year. The campaign against Snoop Dogg was organized by various feminist leaders according to whom his songs and his lyrics “glorify violence against women”.

In addition to that, they claim that  His behaviour also contradicts the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women. Dogg, who grew up in Los Angeles and whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has long been controversial for his sexist lyrics. His songs include ‘Pimpin Aint EZ’ ‘for all my Niggaz & Bitches’ ‘Groupie’ and ‘Break a Bitch Til I die’.

Despite the controversy that he generates, Snoop Dogg is one of the most famous rappers internationally and he has sold more than 30 million albums since 1993 when his career started. According to Frances Lockie, who is a blogger at the Guardian Australian website, the request to ban Snoop Dogg from entering Australia is not logical.

If he does not receive a visa, other famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and John Lennon should be banned from entering the country as well.

A similar case happened in October 2013 when the former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson received a visa for Australia. He visited the country in order to promote his much-awaited autobiography. Many feminists groups protested against him.

Nevertheless, a spokesman of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection said that the probability that he will do something illegal is very low and therefore the decision to grant him a visa is justified.

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