By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com June 26 2001 11:00 PM ET
Eminems tour Down Under threatened
Family groups in Australia are lobbying the government to deny rapper Eminem an entry visa, according to the BBC. The Australian Family Association is asking that the visa be denied on the basis of Eminems past criminal activity, in addition to his controversial lyrics. The organizations national secretary said, Some of the messages he portraysthe violence and especially the sexual violencecertainly dont help with our high suicide and drug abuse rates. Michael Gudinski, spokesman for concert promoter Frontier Touring, replied, Lets face it, we dont live in Pleasantville, and most people in the world have never lived there in the first place. Its pretty naïve and unrealistic that all artists and performers are going to paint the world with a rosy glow. The singer is currently scheduled to play two dates in July, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney, but has not yet been granted a visa. The Australian immigration minister says that Eminems past activities will be weighed against the entertainment value and local employment opportunities provided by the tour before a decision is made.