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Canadian Politics: Canada seeks to ban rapper 50 Cent

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posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 03:14 PM
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The Canadian government should ban U.S. rapper 50 Cent from touring Canada later this year because he has a criminal record and glorifies gun violence, a legislator from the ruling Liberal party said on Wednesday.

50 Cent, who was once shot nine times on the street in a gang incident, is the star of the recent film "Get Rich or Die Tryin,"' a fictionalized and violent portrayal of his career.

Junior Foreign Minister Dan McTeague said the rapper's message was inappropriate at a time when Toronto, Canada's largest city, was experiencing a surge in shooting deaths.

"I do want the laws of Canada to apply to anybody who is a criminal, an admitted criminal, as Mr Curtis Jackson -- known as 50 Cent -- is. Under our laws ... he would be deemed criminally inadmissible," he told CBC television.


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How many musicians have played in Canada with criminal records? Do they think he is going to be the first !

Ooh, the public wants action taken on Toronto gun violence. Yeah, I guess now is the time to do it eh, since an election is coming up.

Good job. You will just lose the youth vote.



P.S. This is no solution to Toronto gun violence.




posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 04:00 PM
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This happens all the time. I remember the same protest against Eminem and Madonna.

Linking 50 cent to gun violence in Toronto is ridiculous. Politicians should come up with better ways to deal with this problem instead of blaming celebrities.



posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 04:45 PM
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This particular person is annoying and uttermost non grata in any civilized country, and celebrities are some kind non human above the law, what????
If all other citizens can be judged if they are right to enter another country why is that not possible for above the law celebrity especially with criminal record and still not doing any decent job!



posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 04:57 PM
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gun violence is mostly caused by those who own illegal guns bought on the black market, its like that in any major city. mps need to find a new tactic that is directed at these thugs rather then making it hard for law abiding citizens to own and carry guns. if u dont pay attention to the bad guys they will continue to do bad things and dominate the statistics on gun violence.

and i thought 50 cent got shot i cant remember how many times and thats proof. i dont know if hes ever shot anybody, but i know he's been a victim of gun violence. now, couldn't 50 be a spokesperson for nbc on the commercial's 'the more you know' or go around to high schools in toronto speaking out against gun violence at the same time telling his story of being gunned down?

these mp's, just like any politician live far away from reality.



posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 05:25 PM
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They should keep that former crack dealer out of Canada.
Would he be let into Canada if he weren't a celebrity?

Don't most countries take past criminal behavior into account before granting Visas?



posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by TrueLies
mps need to find a new tactic that is directed at these thugs rather then making it hard for law abiding citizens to own and carry guns.


Totally agree with you the Gun Registry was a waste of money and time. Allthough there is a large portion of Gun Crimes that are being commited with legal guns stolen or borrowed from their rightfull owner. Just food for thought.



these mp's, just like any politician live far away from reality.


50 cent glorifies gun violence, pimping hoes and pushing drugs in his lyrics. Thiknking that he would actually do a service for the community show that you live far away from reality(in this one respect only
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They should keep that former crack dealer out of Canada.


Agreed.



Would he be let into Canada if he weren't a celebrity?


Probably you only need a drivers license or health certificate to cross into the US if you're a Canadian citizen, the same probably holds true for American Citizens.



Don't most countries take past criminal behavior into account before granting Visas?


You don't need a Visa to travel between our countries if you are a citizen of either CAN or USA.

[edit on 23-11-2005 by sardion2000]



posted on May, 8 2007 @ 01:51 PM
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My Opinion

Only Losers ban people.



posted on May, 8 2007 @ 02:30 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000


Don't most countries take past criminal behavior into account before granting Visas?


You don't need a Visa to travel between our countries if you are a citizen of either CAN or USA.

Not entirely accurate, if you have a criminal history you can be denied crossing the border.
geo.international.gc.ca...
CIC and US customs can and will do a criminal database check on you when crossing.



posted on May, 8 2007 @ 02:33 PM
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Originally posted by Dulcimer

The Canadian government should ban U.S. rapper 50 Cent from touring Canada later this year because he has a criminal record and glorifies gun violence, a legislator from the ruling Liberal party said on Wednesday.

50 Cent, who was once shot nine times on the street in a gang incident, is the star of the recent film "Get Rich or Die Tryin,"' a fictionalized and violent portrayal of his career.

Junior Foreign Minister Dan McTeague said the rapper's message was inappropriate at a time when Toronto, Canada's largest city, was experiencing a surge in shooting deaths.

"I do want the laws of Canada to apply to anybody who is a criminal, an admitted criminal, as Mr Curtis Jackson -- known as 50 Cent -- is. Under our laws ... he would be deemed criminally inadmissible," he told CBC television.



I have no idea what started this thread up again, but I'd like to comment for a couple of reasons. First, I fully support the concept of using the law to keep those espousing thug culture outta here. I mean, come on people...this is not Soviet styler censorship of an art form. You can't equate this with the Russians banning the Beatles. Pipty is a convicted criminal...who enters this country at the pleasure of Her Majesty...which is Canadian for 'if he can talk his way into a waiver'. Look at the current threads about Imus...and the collateral discussion slamming Thug Culture. Everyone is all about Hip Hop and the glorification of hard drugs, misogyny and violence. If this guy is plans on coming to this country to entertain the folks, he can leave that message behind. If that infringes on his rights as an artist, he can plug in an amp in Rochester, and entertain Toronto from there. It's the message, man...the message. Do we need that on our streets?

Secondly...

Miishgoos posted on 8-5-2007 at 02:51 PM
My Opinion
Only Losers ban people.


MP Dan McTeague is a pal of mine, and while I don't agree with him on all subjects, he always listens to what we have to say. He walks-the-walk to get Canadians out of trouble overseas (witness Will Sampson in Saudi) and he takes on the oil companies. He's the reason a dedicated pinko like me carries a Liberal card in my wallet. That's not just my two cents...that's my two bits with a poppy on it...hello, hello...is this thing on? (LOL)

[edit on 8-5-2007 by JohnnyCanuck]



posted on May, 9 2007 @ 01:26 PM
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This is my opinion

I dont understand why people always want to use the law to ban people, idea's and things that they dislike or disagree with?

No this is not Soviet style censorship this is Canadian Socialist style cenorship.

I dont care if someones a convicted criminal, if they come to Canada they are spending money on Hotels, resteraunts, stores, theatres and in the case of celebs with a criminal record they are making companies money which they use to employ a Canadian, it's a win win situation for everybody.

I think we should get rid of the waiver system and just let people in, theres no reason we shoudlnt let them in juist because they made a couple of mistakes in the past.

And all this talk about the thug culture glorifying drugs and violence, it's not like the avaerage Canadian hip hop listener isnt intelligent enough to figure out that lyrics are just lyrics, they tried to say the same thing about heavy metal being mind altering music making people do things they normally wouldnt LOL

The Conservative and Liberals have some pretty crazy messages in my opinion, a rappers message is meant to be taken as entertainment, as a Political parties message is taken seriously who message is more dangeous in the streets?

Governments message that First Nations People are all criminals for standing up for their rights in Caledonia and Oka?

Or a rappers message of having a few drinks and finding a pretty girl?

Of course all of this is just my opinion



posted on May, 9 2007 @ 03:36 PM
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Originally posted by Miishgoos
The Conservative and Liberals have some pretty crazy messages in my opinion, a rappers message is meant to be taken as entertainment, as a Political parties message is taken seriously who message is more dangeous in the streets?

Governments message that First Nations People are all criminals for standing up for their rights in Caledonia and Oka?

Or a rappers message of having a few drinks and finding a pretty girl?

Of course all of this is just my opinion


Ok,so you're downplaying the negative messages in hip-hop, and I'm downplaying the artistic merit. That means we either meet somewhere in the middle or simply agree to disagree. Either way, we've stated our cases and for the discussion, I say 'meegwich' (or, given the sites you mention, should I find the Iroquois word?)



posted on May, 11 2007 @ 11:34 AM
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LOL I'm not downplaying anything, it is what it is.

You dont like the artistic merit of Hip Hop thats cool, musics not for everyone.



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