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Australia’s Prime Minister Speaks Out On Snoop Dogg Ban

snoop7.jpgSnoop Dogg was scheduled to perform at the MTV Australia Music Video Awards in Sydney on Sunday but the country’s Prime Minister, John Howard, has denied him a visa on character grounds. According to the Herald Sun, Snoop was banned “for sound reasons.” “Well, I have to be careful what I say in these matters but he has been…well, there are certain judgments that are made on certain advice that I can’t go into, but the reasons for banning him are sound,” Prime Minister Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting. Howard went on to compare Snoop’s case to Australia’s banning of Holocaust denier David Irving. “Why should somebody like this, who’s got a particular background, be allowed into the country?,” Howard said. “There’s always been a character issue in relation to people being given visas. I mean, that was the issue that was, in part, behind the refusal to give a visa to David Irving, the Holocaust denier.” Snoop’s lawyer, Donald Etra, firmly disagrees with Howard’s stance. “Snoop loves Australia and Australia loves Snoop,’ Etra told the Herald Sun. “The reality is Snoop has no gang affiliation.”

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