Kanye West could be denied visa to Australia over anti-Semitic comments, minister suggests

Kanye West could be denied visa to Australia over anti-Semitic comments, minister suggests
Kanye West could be denied visa to Australia over anti-Semitic comments, minister suggests

A federal cabinet minister has suggested controversial US artist Kanye West may struggle to get a visa to enter the country, given his history of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Key points:

  • Kanye West faces calls to be denied Australia visa if he tries to visit
  • Federal opposition and Jewish leaders say he has a history of anti-Semitic comments
  • A senior government minister says others have been denied visas over similar rhetoric

It has been reported that the 45-year-old rapper and designer is planning to travel to Melbourne to meet the family of his new Australian partner, Bianca Censori.

Last year, West praised Hitler during an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

“I love Hitler,” West told Jones, later adding that he had seen “good things about Hitler.”

“I like Jews, but I also like Nazis.”

Education Minister Jason Clare said such horrifying comments “would be an understatement”.

“I don’t know if he’s ever applied for a visa, but on Google you’ll see he seems to be a pretty big fan of someone who killed 6 million Jews in the last century,” Ms. Clare at Channel Nine.

“People like this who have applied for visas to enter Australia in the past have been turned down.

“I expect that if he applies, he will have to go through the same process and answer the same questions as them.”

On Tuesday, Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said if he was still in government, his “inclination would be not to let him in.”

“His anti-Semitic comments are shameful, his conduct and behavior are appalling, and he is not a person of good character,” Mr Dutton told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

“The Minister has the ability to prevent someone from entering our country with bad character.

“So the minister has a lot to weigh in, but I have to say my instinct would be that if I was that decision maker, I think there are better people we could accommodate.”

Kanye West appeared fully masked on Infowars, where he repeatedly claimed he loved Hitler and loved Nazis.(Infowars)

The Australian Jewish Association has written to Immigration Minister Andrew Giles asking West, who is legally known as “Ye,” to be barred from entering the country.

“He’s become a lightning rod for extremists, for anti-Semites, for neo-Nazis too, and he inspires a lot of young people — he has a massive following,” association president David Adler said.

“He has a very solid record in defaming a segment of the community, namely the Jewish community, he uses terms like ‘DEFCON 3’ about the Jewish people.

“He’s used all sorts of anti-Semitic tropes – so yes, we think that’s a significant risk, and because he’s such an important and inspiring figure for young people, we think it’s a risk in society. Australian.”

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