There is a lot at stake in the Australian political scene right now with the election looming, and I must confess to having very little faith in either party option. Without getting into a debate on which party I would vote for, I submit this blog as a firm line in the sand.
Australian Parliament, you need to listen up.
I don’t care which party you are from. I don’t care what your religious beliefs are, which side of the gay marriage debate you support. But I absolutely do care about this.
Today I learned that a visa has been granted to a man who performs under the name Tyler The Creator. Below is an excerpt of some lyrics he performs:
“You call this sh*t rape but I think that rape’s fun, I just got one request, stop breathin”
“I wanna tie her body up and throw her in my basement, Keep her there, so nobody can wonder where her face went, (Tyler, what you doin’?) Shut the f*ck up, You gon’ f*ckin’ love me bitch, Sh*t, I don’t give a f*ck, your family lookin’ for you, wish ‘em good luck, Bitch, you tried to play me like a dummy, Now you stuck up in my motherf*ckin’ basement all bloody, And I’m f*ckin’ your dead body, your coochie all cummy, Lookin’ in your dead eyes, what the f*ck you want from me?”
“You’ll be down in earth quicker if you diss me tonight, I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest, And fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you…c**t”
I would like to know how after the tragic abduction, rape and murder of Jill Meagher, the recent brutal rape and murder of Joan Ryther not to mention the overwhelming statistics showing violence against women in Australia as a daily reality, how, HOW on earth the Australian Government has granted this man access to our country?
We don’t allow hate speech. In fact, the Australian government is vigilant in keeping out people they perceive as threats to the nation’s security and way of life. This is evidenced in their staunch approach to asylum seekers. (Another blog, another day..) And yet, in the name of entertainment, this man whose entire career is made by projecting hate speech against women, whose actual profits come from the promotion of rape and violence against women is allowed in?
The hypocrisy is astounding. But what’s more, it’s frightening.
This week, the National Australia Bank announced its plan to release Domestic Violence leave amongst its employees. An alarming necessity in today’s world. In light of this, I argue that the last thing Australia needs is Tyler The Creator having a platform from which he can spew his message of violence in our country. And yet, he is on his way, and the Australian government has rolled out the red carpet, stamped the passport, and turned a blind eye.
We are more informed, more connected, more heard than any other generation in history. So make your voice heard. I urge you to make contact with Minister Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship via Facebook, Twitter or directly via his website and demand Tyler the Creator’s Visa be revoked. Demand more from our government, and for our Nation.
Let’s take a stand on violence against women. Let’s take a stand against rape. Let Australia send a loud and clear message to EVERYONE that Australia Says NO.
I want to have faith in my government again. This would be a good place to start.