Rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, may be denied entry into Australia due to his controversial statements about the Holocaust and Hitler, according to the country's education minister, Dan Tehan. The minister cited that individuals who have made similar statements in the past have been denied visas to enter the country.
"Not a Person of Good Character": Ye's Controversial Statements
In an interview with Channel Nine, Tehan stated, "People like that who’ve applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected...
I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did." This sentiment was echoed by opposition leader Peter Dutton, who stated, "His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his conduct [and] his behavior are appalling...
He's not a person of good character and the minister has the ability to stop somebody coming into our country of bad character." The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, represented by co-CEO Peter Wertheim, met with officials on Tuesday to advocate for an entry ban for Ye.
Wertheim stated, "We had a sympathetic hearing... We've made the case that this particular individual does not meet the character test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we set out our reasons in some detail in that letter."
Australia Visit for Family Reunion?
According to Reuters, local media has reported that Ye may soon visit Australia to meet with the family of his partner Bianca Censori, who hails from Melbourne.
However, the rapper's potential visa denial due to his offensive statements may put a damper on any plans for a reunion. The rapper's past controversial statements include praising dictator Adolf Hitler, describing him as "I like Hitler" and saying "Hitler was a genius." He also made anti-Semitic comments, referring to Jewish people as "the chosen ones" and claiming they have a "plan" to control the world.