Kanye West may be denied entry to Australia to meet his new wife’s family because of his praise for Hitler and anti-Semitic rants, according to government officials on Wednesday.
In the four months since he began airing his extreme views, the Holocaust-denying musician has lost sponsors and investors.
West, 45, married architect Bianca Censori, 27, originally from Melbourne, two weeks ago in a non-binding ceremony in Utah.
Jason Clare, Australia’s Minister for Education, warns that if West applies for a visa, it may be denied. People with antisemitic attitudes have historically been turned away in the Land Down Under.
The chairman of the Jewish advocacy group Anti-Defamation Commission, Dvir Abramovich, demanded that Immigration Minister David Giles deny West entrance on Monday.
The sharply worded statement emphasised that “calling for violence and hate” must have consequences and cited three of West’s most reprehensible utterances.
‘Australia should not put out the welcome mat and provide a platform to a hatemonger who spews threats against the Jewish community and peddles conspiracy myths about Jewish power, greed and control. Kanye is a blatant, unvarnished anti-Semite, Nazi-lover, and Hitler worshipper who openly admires an evil tyrant responsible for the extermination of six million Jews, including 1.5 million children. This kind of rhetoric is dangerous and has real-world consequences given the more than 30 million followers that this person has, and who may start believing that his demonisation of the Jewish community and that they must act,’ Abramovich said, as per Daily Mail.
Abramovich cited three statements made by West between October and December as evidence that he should not be allowed to enter Australia.
The first was a tweet on October 8 that said, ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight, but when I wake up, I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.
He then denounced “Jewish media” and “Jewish Zionists” in an interview on October 16 by asserting that “Jewish people have owned the Black voice” and that “the Jewish community, especially in the music industry…they’ll take us and milk us till we die.”
Finally, there was West’s infamous interview with disgraced conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, in which he spent much of the three-hour conversation spewing anti-Semitic speech.
He claimed, among other things, that the Holocaust, in which the Nazis brutally slaughtered six million Jews, never took place and commended Adolf Hitler.
‘I see good things about Hitler… Every human being has value…especially Hitler…We’ve got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time,’ West stated.
West was suspended on Twitter after sharing an image of a Swastika merged with the Star of David. West also appeared on “Infowars” with alt-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “I like Hitler,” West stated, among other things.
As he began to share his opinions, the 22-time Grammy winner was dropped by Vogue, CAA, Balenciaga, Gap, and Adidas, which might have cost him $1 billion.
Censori met the rapper at least two years ago when she accepted a position as an architectural designer for West’s Yeezy company, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In November, West and ex-wife Kim Kardashian finalised their divorce.