Calls to axe Snoop Dogg Derry concert

Published Tuesday, 02 September 2014
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American rapper Snoop Dogg's upcoming concert in Londonderry has sparked controversy with abuse campaigners calling for it to be pulled.

The superstar is set to perform to 10,000 people at Ebrington Square in the city for what will be his first time in Northern Ireland.

The 23 October show is part of the artist's Snoopadelic European tour and tickets go on sale this weekend.

However, because of how the hip-hop singer refers to women and violence in his music there have been calls for the event to be axed.

Foyle Women's Aid said the lyrics used by the controversial Californian demean women.

Marie Brown, from the organisation, said: "We have very high rates of domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

"There is an actual shortage of bed spaces for women suffering domestic abuse and this is the type of person we are inviting in."

In 2007, the 42-year-old musician, had a work visa refused to allow him to tour the UK following arrests on suspicion of drugs offences.

Marie added: "Is it in keeping with what we want in our city? From a Women's Aid perspective, no it's not.

"The lyrics are demeaning, they objectify women and he has a history with drugs. Is this really what we want?"

The concert promoters, however, say the show will provide a boost to Derry.

In a statement, Legacy Promotions said: "There's no doubt Snoop Dogg is one of the biggest names in the world of music.

"With 10,000 people attending the event it'll bring a massive boost to the local economy especially for the like of hotels, pubs and restaurants."

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Debbie in Belfast wrote (139 days ago):
Drop it like its hot :)
seanie in dungannon wrote (141 days ago):
a history of drugs !!! well he is up there with paul mccartney mick jagger etc bet there would be no call to ban them..... next thing a fleg protest outside move on NI
michael dogg in Planet earth wrote (141 days ago):
PC brigade WISE UP
Caolan in Belfast wrote (141 days ago):
Boohoo. Remember everyone, we have to wrap everything and everyone and every word up in cotton wool because if someone sings about something it means... what, exactly? The Rolling Stones sing about drugs alot, would they be banned from coming here? Dont think so. It annoys me when people from this country get to have a say on something they dont honestly understand.
toron cana in belfast wrote (142 days ago):
i never liked the guy or his music. but i do believe that his concert should go ahead for his fans. because clearly he has a right to play like anyone else. and to those feminist's who are complaining about it get a life your as bad as the dup in complaining or trying to stop things.
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