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Eminem Has Aussie Groups Up In Arms
Rumors that Eminem might tour Australia in August have seen family groups, women's associations, and some of the gay and lesbian lobby up in arms. They're calling for the Australian Government to denyRumors that Eminem might tour Australia in August have seen family groups, women's associations, and some of the gay and lesbian lobby up in arms. They're calling for the Australian Government to deny the controversial rapper an entry visa -- or at the very least, insist anyone under 18 be denied admittance to his shows.
Bill Muehlenberg, national secretary of the Australian Family Association, argues that the government has banned other foreigners whose visits would offend racial and religious groups. "Given that being sexist, misogynist, racist -- everything -- applies to Eminem, I would imagine there are a few groups who would be offended by him coming here," he says.
The Family Association has suggested parents not give their children money to buy tickets for his shows, if Eminem does in fact dodge immigration red tape. The Women's Electoral Lobby insisted that his shows should be restricted to audience members over the age of 18.
The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby stated, "We deplore any homophobic sentiment that encourages hate and violence." The Immigration Department refused to commit itself, saying that visa applications were considered on a case-by-case basis.
A number of promoters are bidding for Eminem to come to the region after a July 27 appearance at the Mt. Fuji Festival in Japan. One of these, Michael Chugg of Michael Chugg Entertainment, said that the tour was far from confirmed.
Eminem's sophomore album, "The Marshall Mathers LP" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), reached No. 1 on the official Australian Record Industry Association charts.