Australia could bar Kanye West from entry due to anti-Semitism, the official says


CANBERRA, Australia (TBEN) — A senior Australian government minister said on Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, could be denied a visa over anti-Semitic comments if he tries to visit Australia.

Education Minister Jason Clare responded to media reports that the American celebrity plans to visit the family of new Australian partner Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.

Clare said he did not know if Ye had applied for a visa, but Australia has previously denied it to those with anti-Semitic views.

Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter later suspended Ye after he tweeted a picture of a swastika merged with the Star of David.

Kanye West, better known as Ye, watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on March 11.

TBEN Photo/Ashley Landis, File

Peter Wertheim, co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, met with government officials on Tuesday to advocate for an entry ban.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton said that if he were in government he would be inclined to bar Ye on the basis of his character.

“My inclination would be not to let him in,” Dutton told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW on Tuesday.

“His anti-Semitic remarks are outrageous, his conduct and conduct is appalling, and he is not a person of good character,” added Dutton.

Ye and Censori plan to visit her family next week who live in Ivanhoe, a suburb in northeastern Melbourne, Seven Network News reported.

Ye and Censori recently got married less than two months after he finalized his divorce from Kim Kardashian, entertainment news website TMZ reported two weeks ago.

The TBEN asked Ye’s representative if he had married Censori and planned to visit Melbourne, but received no immediate response.


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