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 do
I really didn’t want to put hands on you – Can you Control Yo Ho, Snoop Dogg
‘Snoop Dogg’ (more recently ‘Snoop Lion’), real name Calvin Broadus, promotes hate speech against women. He is famous for his misogynistic lyrics, referring to women as ‘bitches’ and ‘hoes’ who ‘suck dick’. His songs include ‘Break a bitch ‘til the day I die’ and ‘Can you control yo hoe?’
We are about to welcome this US rap artist and self-confessed pimp to our shores for a national tour beginning January 18.
Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants refers to “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.”
Snoop Dogg has been refused entry to Australia before because of his criminal history. Britain, Norway and the Netherlands also wouldn’t let him in.
His criminal history reportedly includes drug and weapons posession, voluntary manslaughter, inciting violence and assault. He has reportedly been listed in an affidavit claiming that he and others lured two underage girls to be filmed exposing themselves by offering them marajuana and ecstasy.
In a 2006 article with Rolling Stone, Snoop Dogg admitted that he was a real-life pimp. During his 2003 US tour - at the height of his stardom - he transported women around the country selling their bodies to athletes and entertainers.
He again discussed his pimping past in another Rolling Stone article earlier this year. The language used to describe the experience reveals that far from being remorseful, he is proud of his contribution to the worldwide problem of trafficking in women and girls:
“I could fire a b*tch, f*ck a b*tch, 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.”
You would think that given the high rates of violence against women in Australia (costing our economy around $13.6 billion a year) we would work to reduce the cultural environment which tacitly approves these crimes. Instead we do the complete opposite and provide a platform for glamourizing violence against women.
In my previous campaign against Tyler the Creator in June, I was subjected to a torrent of abuse, death and rape threats. He verbally abused me at his Sydney ‘all-ages’ concert and whipped his fans up into a frenzy of hatred, inciting violence against me.
As a society which claims to be serious about eradicating violence against women, 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.
Snoop Dogg’s presence here would contradict the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. It undermines the Plan’s commitment to the human rights of women and girls and respectful relationships.
I am asking you to act urgently and join my call to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to revoke Snoop Dogg’s visa so he cannot promote his women-hating attitudes here.