Snoop Gets Visa Despite Petition

Snoop Dogg was allowed into Australia to play the Big Day Out festival despite a campaign to stop him.

Grassroots movement Collective Shout wrote to Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, “Snoop Dogg’s lyrics glorify violence against women which puts all women in danger. His behaviour also contradicts our National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women.”

A petition on drew 2,500 signatures.

Photo: Kane Hibberd via
Jan. 19 at Gold Coast, Australia. 

The campaign was led by activist Talitha Stone, who ran a similar campaign to deport Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator last June.

Snoop’s entry was green-lighted three days before the festival’s first Australian dates, on the Gold Coast Jan. 19.

The rapper was banned from attending the MTV Australia Music Awards, with the Immigration Minister at the time, Kevin Andrews, saying, “He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country.”