Kanye West must be fully vaccinated if he wants to tour in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Saturday.
Morrison’s statement came after sources close to the controversial rapper announced that he would likely tour in Australia in March of 2022.
“The rules are you have to be fully vaccinated. They apply to everybody, as people have seen most recently. It doesn’t matter who you are, they are the rules. Follow the rules – you can come. You don’t follow the rules, you can’t,” Morrison said in a press conference.
The Australian PM was referring to tennis star Novac Djokovic, who was famously barred from the country ahead of the Australian Open because he was not vaccinated.
PM: Kanye West must be fully vaccinated if he wants to tour in Australia
West’s tour will likely feature songs from his latest album “Donda,” which is named after his late mother.
The album was released in July and was met with mixed reviews from critics, many of whom praised his vulnerability but characterized the project as a whole as disorganized.
Much of “Donda” explores West’s deep Christian faith and his grief at the loss of his mother, an English professor, in 2007.
Although the rapper’s vaccination status is not known, West did call vaccination “the mark of the beast” during an interview with Forbes in 2020. The following year he hinted at getting one dose of the vaccine on social media, but never confirmed if he was fully vaccinated or not.
West is known for his famous outbursts and controversial views about current issues, as well as his political support for former President Trump and his own failed bid for the presidency in 2020.
The rapper was married to Kim Kardashian for seven years and they have four children together.
Australia barred Djokovic due to vaccination status
Australia is attempting to show that its rules regarding vaccination apply to everyone, regardless of fame. Currently, in order to enter the country if you are not a citizen, you must be fully vaccinated and in many cases you must petition the government for permission to enter Australia.
Serbian athlete Djokovic, who was barred from his bid to win a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, has refused to be vaccinated and was criticized for attending public events last month after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne in January under the impression that he had been granted a medical exemption by Tennis Australia. The exemption allowed him to compete since he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Later a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered the release of the player from detention.
However, Australia finally canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time on Friday, just days before the start of the Australian Open on Monday.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal powers to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.