Snoop Dogg has been granted a work visa to perform at Australia's Big Day Out festival this weekend, despite an online petition to keep him out. The rap vet is one of three acts leading the traveling tour, which launches Friday (Jan. 17) in Aukland.
Uncle Snoop's upcoming gig was targeted by Collective Shout activist Talitha Stone over his explicit lyrics, deemed misogynistic and degrading to women.
Unfortunately for Stone, the 3,500 signatures her online protest earned wasn't enough to sway Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Yesterday morning a spokesperson from Morrison's office verified that Snoop was evaluated and cleared under "mandatory health and character requirements" and warned that "any infringements will lead to visa cancellation."
In her letter to Morrison titled "Revoke Pimp Rapper Snoop Dogg's Visa," Stone accused The Doggfather of lyrically glorifying violence against women, and calls out his admitted past as a pimp. "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," she wrote. "Welcoming artists like Snoop Dogg sends a message that we don't take our obligations to address violence against women seriously."
Stone previously protested Tyler, the Creator and Robin Thicke's entrance into the country. "We put millions of dollars into campaigns against violence against women like White Ribbon and yet we roll out the red carpet for these people," Stone said of the women's right organization. "One in three women are sexually assaulted ... and yet we give a platform to people who promote violence against women. It doesn't make any sense."
Regarding Snoop, she added, "He makes porn videos and brags that he has a bus behind him with 10 b-----s on it and sells their bodies to athletes. He's a popular artist and people look up to him as a role model, but he's promoting and encouraging these things. Why are we so lenient?"
Snoop, 42, has been vocal about his criminal record, which holds mostly minor busts for marijuana and weapons possession. In 1993, he was cleared as an accessory in a murder case and he was named in a 2003 affidavit accusing him and the Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style filmmakers of drugging and luring underage girls to take their tops off on camera. The suit was settled the following year.
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