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Australian gov't minister says Kanye West could be denied entry

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By Lewis Jackson

American rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, may not be suitable for an Australian visa because of his history of anti-Semitic remarks, a government minister said on Wednesday, as pressure mounted to deny the award-winning rapper entry.

Minister for Education Jason Clare condemned Ye's "awful" anti-Semitic comments involving Hitler and the Holocaust, saying others who had made similar statements had been denied visas.

"People like that who’ve applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected," Clare said in an interview on Channel Nine. "I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did."

A spokesperson for Ye did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Local media reported that Ye would visit to Australia to meet the family of his partner, Bianca Censori, who grew up in Melbourne.

Ye has been dropped by major corporate partners, including Adidas and banned from Twitter because of anti-Semitic remarks and outbursts on social media against other celebrities.

Australia has previously refused or revoked visas to far-right figures for failing the "good character" test. British conspiracy theorist David Icke had his visa revoked in 2019, just before starting a speaking tour.

Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys, a male-only group who identify as "Western Chauvists", was denied a visa in 2018 after a public campaign that included a petition with 81,000 signatories, according to local media.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton, immigration minister under a previous government, said on Tuesday that he would be inclined to ban Ye but that it was a decision for the government.

"His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his conduct [and] his behaviour are appalling," he told 3AW radio. "He's not a person of good character and the minister has the ability to stop somebody coming into our country of bad character."

Peter Wertheim, co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, met officials on Tuesday to argue for an entry ban.

"We had a sympathetic hearing," Wertheim said on Sky News. "We've made the case that this particular individual does not meet the character test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we set out our reasons in some detail in that letter."

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So, the freedom of movement can be curtailed for people of ‘bad character’ ?

What exactly is that?

Not a criminal record not violent behavior but having opinions which are perceived as offensive to others?

What next?

Incarceration for thinking outside the box?

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Come on Guys, do you really think this guy is going to be a dangerous influence on Aussies? You underestimate us if you do.

Enough with the paternalism and cancel culture, let the joker in to spend some of that money! We all know what a clown looks and sounds like, thanks for the protective instinct, but we are good.

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Australian gov't minister says Kanye West could be denied entry

Haha. That fool shouldn't be allowed into any country. Including the USA.

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shogun36Today  09:50 am JST

Australian gov't minister says Kanye West could be denied entry

Haha. That fool shouldn't be allowed into any country. Including the USA.

He's got some criminal charges and allegations as well, such as that phony abusive 'Christian' school that he ran and his fake ministry. Also, his hateful sassing off about Jews can be costly. Let's see if any european country would let him in. Over 6 million Jews were slaughtered in Europe during the Holocaust, and Holocaust denial is a crime in many European nations. Neo-Naziism, fascism are now verboten in much of Europe.

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The US shouldn’t take him back!

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All countries have the right to deny entry based on character criteria.

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Its called free-doom of oppression! There goes freedom of expression or freedom to express depressed religious views, in other words it means mouth control!!!

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Its called free-doom of oppression! There goes freedom of expression or freedom to express depressed religious views, in other words it means mouth control!!!

And countries have right of denial of entry into their sovereign nation, which takes precedence over his "freedom of speech".

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"freedom of speech".

Nobody is suppressing Ye's freedom of speech, but it comes with a responsibility that Ye must bear the consequences of. Anti-Semitism is a complete hatred of the Judaism religion. It encourages violence against Jews because it views them as less than human. And singing Hitler's praises only amplifies that hate even further. Der Fuehrer Bastard and his policies murdered six million Jews in the Holocaust. And what did those Jews deserve to get that kind of treatment? What does any group or category of people deserve to be offed en masse like that? NOTHING.

Ye's hateful yapper has cost him a lot of sponsorships, support, friends, and his record contract. And if he were to visit the land Down Under, he could rally up neo-Nazis and other violent trash there too. And there are Aussie fascist scum, as well as Aussie Jews who have the right to live in peace and practice their Judaism peacefully and in a free environment.

Australia has its own issues and the last thing they need is a foreigner coming in with this disgusting sassymouth Jew-bashing attitude. It's the same for every nation, really. When you enter a foreign country, you are a guest and foreign governments can, should and do tell these criminals and hatemongers:

'YOU AIN'T WELCOME HERE'.

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