Snoop Dogg cleared to play shows in Australia

By Chelsea Lewis ,

Snoop Dogg has been cleared to continue his tour in Australia. A petition was started to have the rapper denied entry into the country as a result of his graphic and sexually driven lyrics. The group known as Collective Shout was behind the protest and petition.

Billboard reported that Snoop will perform as one of the headliners on the Big Day Out three-day festival.

The festival will also be arriving in Melbourne on the 24th, Sydney on the 26th, Adelaide on the 31st, and Perth on February 1.

This is not the first time that Collective Shout has gone after the rap industry. Back in June of 2013 the organization went after Tyler, The Creator's visa because of his lyrics that promoted "hate" against women, All Hip Hop reported.

"Snoop Dogg’s lyrics glorify violence against women,” the organization wrote in a public letter that was featured on their website.

The open letter goes on to explain the organization's frustration with the rapper. "As a society which claims to be serious about eradicating violence against women,” the letter concludes, “there should be no place for recording artists who glorify misogyny and degrade women for entertainment. Welcoming artists like Snoop Dogg sends a message that we don’t take our obligations to address violence against women seriously.”

image: WIkimedia Commons

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