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Snoop Dogg wins visa battle in Australia


Rapper and reggae artist Snoop Dogg has been granted an Australian work visa, despite efforts to ban him from the land Down Under.

Thousands of Australians signed a petition calling for officials to revoke the hip-hop icon's visa ahead of his upcoming tour, which begins in Brisbane on Saturday and includes a set at the Big Day Out festival.

The activists, led by feminist Talitha Stone, claimed Snoop Dogg's lyrics "glorify violence against women which puts all women in danger."

Stone added, "There should be no place for recording artists who glorify misogyny and degrade women for entertainment."

But her bid to ban the rapper from Australia has fallen through and Snoop has been granted a work visa, allowing his tour to go ahead.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the news on Wednesday, declaring, "Snoop Dogg has a visa."

Last year, Australian police launched an investigation into claims rapper Tyler, The Creator verbally abused Talitha Stone during a foul-mouthed rant at his gig in Sydney after she launched a similar campaign to have him banned from performing Down Under.

Jan 16, 2014 9:56PM
Jan 16, 2014 1:34AM
I wish more women would ask for rap and hip hop that degrades them to be ban. But, instead they dance to it... strange but true.  Bit*hes and Ho*s.
Jan 16, 2014 12:23AM

Eezie-Peezie........ah, yeahhh......jus' skrait chillin', down under yall......

Seriously, good for Snoop...... dude always has cracked me up

Jan 15, 2014 8:38PM
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