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, when applying for an Australian visa. force denied entry of award-winning rapper.
Education Minister Jason Clare condemned Ye’s “terrible” anti-Semitic comments regarding Hitler and the Holocaust, saying others with similar claims had been denied visas.
“People like that who have previously applied for a visa to Australia have all been refused,” Clare said in an interview on Channel Nine. “I assume if he applied, he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions as they did.”
A spokesperson for Ye did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Local media reported that Ye was going to Australia to meet the family of his partner, Bianca Censori, who grew up in Melbourne.
Ye was dropped by major corporate partners, including Adidas ADSGn.DE, and banned on Twitter for anti-Semitic comments and a social media outburst against other celebrities.
Australia has previously denied or revoked visas to far-right figures for failing to pass a “good character” test. British conspiracy theorist David Icke had his visa revoked in 2019, shortly before the start of his lecture tour.
Gavin McInnes, founder of Proud Boys, a men-only group identified as “Western Europeans”, was denied a visa in 2018 after a public campaign that included a petition with 81,000 signatures, according to local media.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton, immigration minister under the previous government, said on Tuesday he would be inclined to ban Ye but that is the government’s decision.
“His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his behavior [and] his behavior is appalling,” he told 3AW radio. “
Peter Wertheim, co-executive director of the Australian Jewish Executive Council, met with officials on Tuesday to debate the entry ban.
“We had a sympathetic hearing,” Wertheim told Sky News. “We have made the case that this particular individual did not meet the eligibility test and that it would be in the national interest not to issue him a visa and we have detailed the reasons for this. me in that letter.”
(Reporting by Lewis Jackson; Editing by Alasdair Pal and Gerry Doyle)