Sydney, Australia, Jan 25 (EFE).- American rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, may be denied entry to Australia because of his history of offensive anti-Semitic remarks, a minister said on Wednesday.
Education Minister Jason Clare told Channel Nine TV in an interview that Ye’s remarks were “awful” and people who had made similar comments previously were denied Australian visas.
“I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did,” the minister said.
According to Australian media, Ye is planning to visit the country to meet the family of his current partner, Bianca Censori, who grew up in Melbourne and is an architect.
In an interview on a far-right blog in December last year, Ye praised Hitler, saying he saw “good things about” the Nazi leader. “You cannot say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I am done with that.”
He said he liked the “Jews,” but “I also love the Nazis.”
The remarks forced Twitter to cancel the rapper’s account.
Adidas also terminated its partnership with Ye amid mounting outcry over his antisemitic remarks.
Australia has previously denied visas to people who made controversial remarks.
These include American Kent Heckenlively, a self-proclaimed leader in the anti-vaccination campaign, who was denied entry in 2017. EFE