Thursday, 16 January 2014

Government giving out Visas like they're credit cards

Warning - graphic content in this post. If you cannot, or do not want to read graphic lyrics and quotes about murder, rape, necrophilia and violence against women, please skip over the red text.

The Big Day Out music festivals kick off around Australia this weekend. Along with Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, Snoop Dog, aka Snoop Lion, aka self confessed former sex trafficker, aka glorifier of violence against women is headlining the festival.

There has been large cries this week from campaigners trying to end violence against women, leveled at Federal Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, to revoke Snoop Dog's visa. Talitha Stone started an online petition against Snoop Dog's visa and entry into the country. It gathered 2,500 signatures.

The basis of these calls to revoke Snoop Dog's visa is due to his lyrical content which glorifies and incites violence against women, as well as his admission to human sex trafficking.

An example of some of his lyrics: 
You got a bitch that won’t do what you say…she hardheaded, she just won’t obey,you’ve got to put that bitch in her place,Even if it’s slapping her in her face…This is what you force me to doI really didn’t want to put hands on youCan you Control Yo Ho.
Now watch me slap ya ass wit dicks, bitchYou was stricly dickly, why you turn clitlyThats even better, now both of you bitches lick meThen I sit back and watch y'all eat pussy
Hos come, hos go, hos runnin ya slowSo keep her foot up in her ass, unless a dick in her throat
This from the man who confirmed he was a sex trafficker in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking about how he sold women to athletes for sex, Snoop Dog said the following:
"I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bitches on it. I could fire a bitch, fuck a bitch, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, titty to titty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer."
"If I'm in a city where where the Denver Broncos or the Nuggets play, I get a couple of they players to come hang out, pick and choose, and whichever one you like comes with a number," he says. "A lot of athletes bought pussy from me."  
Morrison confirmed yesterday that Snoop Dog's visa had been approved and he had met the "mandatory health and character requirements". Ha! What kind of "characters" are the Government assessing?

Mind you, I suppose the criteria for "character requirements" is fairly loose as fellow rapper, Tyler the Creator, gained entry, even though his lyrics glorify rape, murder, necrophilia and general violence against women. Some of his lyrics (extreme graphic content warning):
“You call this shit rape but I think that rape’s fun, I just got one request, stop breathin”
“I wanna tie her body up and throw her in my basement, Keep her there, so nobody can wonder where her face went, (Tyler, what you doin’?) Shut the fuck up, You gon’ fuckin’ love me bitch, Shit, I don’t give a fuck, your family lookin’ for you, wish ‘em good luck, Bitch, you tried to play me like a dummy, Now you stuck up in my motherfuckin’ basement all bloody, And I’m fuckin’ your dead body, your coochie all cummy, Lookin’ in your dead eyes, what the fuck you want from me?”
“You’ll be down in earth quicker if you diss me tonight, I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest, And fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you…c*nt”
From the Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants:

"...people whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.”
I would have thought Snoop Dog and Tyler the Creator's lyrics represent a sinister cause and certainly "vilify or incite discord" to "a segment of the community" - women.

So why are these people being admitted into our country? We have organisations such as White Ribbon who receive 38% of their funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments, we have a supposed Fact Sheet on Controversial Visa Applicants, yet the Commonwealth Government admit these "artists" into our country as "entertainment". It's curious that our Government won't allow people seeking asylum into our country, even when their lives are in serious peril, yet they'll allow misogynists and "artists" such as Snoop Dodge and Tyler the Cretin (or whatever names they go by) entry for "entertainment's" sake.

I had a Twitter discussion last night with a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald about this topic.

The conversation went as such:
Me: Why do we let people into the country that promote violent misogyny and have a long criminal record?
Journo: People change, others use art to tell tough stories. If we ban everyone who depicts violence, that counts out A LOT of artists.
Me: Surely a good thing [i.e. counting out a lot of artists] if they promote violence?
Journo: I agree but what about the artist who feel they are representing 'real life' to raise awareness?
Me: Plenty of better ways to raise awareness. "Representing real life" is an excuse. Why do we need to represent violence anyway?
Journo: I'm not an artist BUT personally I am more affected by someone telling the truth than I am by someone saying something is "bad".
Me: Snoop Dog doesn't say these things are bad. He brags about misogyny and sexual, verbal aggression against women.
Journo: I'm not talking about Snoop - I'm talking about censorship. It's not empowering to the public - it removes the freedom to think.
Me: Where do you draw the line? Should we legalise murder because we have to be empowered to see and think about it?
Journo: Go on escalate the analogy why don't you! No we shouldn't. But artists need freedom to express what is around them.
Me: Your argument is flawed when you consider examples like Bill Henson photographing nude children as "art" in 2008.
Journo: I admire your dexterity but stop trying to pin something on me! Henson was complicated, I'm not getting into that.
Me: Certainly not trying to pin anything on you. Merely trying to show a principle and ask where to draw the line.
Journo: I don't believe in black and white. I agree violence inflicted on anyone is abhorrent and artistic freedom is crucial.
Me: The sun came up today. That's pretty black and white! Violence is abhorrent and glorifying it isn't much better.
He agreed that violence inflicted on anyone was abhorrent but he believes artists have a right to say what they want. This would seem highly contradictory in the case of a violent act fuelled by violent artistic freedom. Copy cat cases are dime a dozen around the world so allowing artists to say what they want is problematic.

Similar contradiction is shown by a Government that promote and fund campaigns against violence, especially against women, but give visas to characters such as the Dodge and the Cretin.

It's a shame Scott Morrison, as a male, didn't make a stand and promote a greater respect of women. Until our leaders, especially men (when it comes to cases about the dignity and respect of women), actually lead, unfortunately we will continue to be subjected to inconsistencies, hate and violence.

I'd love to hear your thoughts as readers. Leave a comment in the comments box or post a comment on the Facebook or Twitter link.

All the best,
Dom Meese

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