Russell Crowe begs Australian authorities to let Snoop into country

I will admit there is a very long list of celebs I’m afraid of. Sometimes I have dreams I meet them in real life and tell them what I’ve said about them, and then the dream normally ends with me in a puddle of my own blood and or tears. But I think of ALL the celebs I’m afraid of, Snoop Dogg and Russell Crowe are definitely in the top five. Put the two together… well I’d just give them whatever the hell they wanted.

Snoop has been denied a travel and work visa for Australia, thus preventing him from going on tour there. He’s also been banned from the U.K. While he has a long rap sheet with some super serious (older) offenses on it, the current bannings come mostly from his drug possession/use.

Crowe wrote a truly impassioned letter on behalf of his friend Snoop, reassuring the Australian government that he posed no threat to anyone and asking them to reconsider.

The rapper, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, has several criminal convictions for drug and weapons offences and was banned from Australia last year by then-Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews.

But Crowe, who has been friends with Snoop for three years, said the musician deserved to be allowed to perform here later this year. “I submit to you that Snoop Dogg poses no threat to Australia or to any individual in this country,” Crowe wrote. “He has toured here three times before without incident and there are no reasons to assume this tour will be anything but the positive experience the last three have been… Snoop has built a stellar reputation with promoters and audiences worldwide.”

Crowe also cited the rapper’s extensive charity work and said Snoop had pledged to make an appearance at a charity event organised by South Sydney Rugby League Club. “Some of our First Grade players will attend with him and he will deliver a powerful and positive message about rising through adversity, drawing on his own underprivileged background as an example,” Crowe wrote. “As you can imagine, such a visit will have a phenomenal effect.”

[From via ONTD]

You can read the letter in its entirety here. My first thought was, “I’m not sure I’d want some actor with a legendarily explosive temper writing my character defense.” But Crowe’s letter is so eloquent, passionate, and well-written (I’m assuming ghost written, but who knows) that it really did change my mind. Of course I’ve sort of got a bleeding heart and would probably let Snoop in if he promised to only bring half his usual amount of marijuana, a quarter of his standard gun stash, and I’d be somewhat negotiable on his other vices. So I’m probably not the best judge of what a foreign government should do.

That said, I do like that in some ways the inability to get a travel visa seems to serve as more of a deterrent towards illegal behavior than legal trouble. Most celebs know they’ll never do any real time for most of their offenses due to good lawyering and overcrowded jails. But not being allowed into other countries costs them a lot of money and publicity, and that seems to be a pretty powerful incentive.

Here’s Snoop Dogg and his family at the 23rd Annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular Awards in Los Angeles on June 1st. Images thanks to PR Photos.

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  1. geronimo says:

    Cordozar Calvin Broadus! Maximus Awesomeness!! Sounds like a Roman gladiator. Let him in! Now!

  2. ri23 says:

    Russell Crowe and Snoop? How very…random. No pics of Russell? C’mon, even if Russell is chubby now, I’d still hit it.

  3. Lauri says:

    Sometimes there are consequences for ones’ actions. If the Aussie gov’t deems that he is not someone that they want in their country, so be it. Why should he get special privileges…just because he’s famous?

  4. Diva says:

    Awww, I’ve watched his show and Snoop is a puppy dogg!

  5. breederina says:

    Love Snoop. He’s a GRILF fer shizz.

  6. Lara says:

    I’m torn on this. If it was a mere mortal friend of mine I could write one eloquent letter after another, nobody would give a shit and mere mortal friend would never ever see the land.
    On the other hand it’s Snoop Dogg and he never gave me the chill and he is kinda cool. But Russell Crowe as the one who testifies for you? Hide your phones.

  7. Baholicious says:

    Snoop’s a convicted criminal, a drug dealer, pimp, he currently makes porn and was a Crip affiliate. Regardless of when various crimes were committed, he still has a criminal record and Australia is well within its right to keep him out.

    Sometimes no matter how long ago, you do keep paying for the mistakes of your past. Fame shouldn’t provide immunity, although it usually does. Probably will in this instance too.

  8. SuperNova says:

    Heehee, Australia was founded by criminals, wasn’t it? :-)

  9. Daniee says:

    His family is so beautiful! They’ve already melted my heart. Back on topic, Snoop is up here in Vancouver (Canada) pretty often. Hmmm, I wonder what that says about our security?

  10. DANA says:

    banned from an entire continent? in a way it’s pretty fucked up. but then again it’s gotta be kinda cool. something to tell your grand kids about! ” gather round childern, let me tell you all about the time grandpa was banned from a whole continent for being the baddest mofo around!” it’s not like he has weapons of mass distruction or anything. like when snoop goes to australia he’s gonna turn all it’s citizens into potheaded, whore loving, gangbangers. overreaction? maybe?

  11. London Peach says:

    I think redemption is a powerful thing that should be recognised. Aside from cold blooded murder and rape I think it would be sad that your whole life and freedoms are determined by mistakes you made when you were young. Based on his show and recent interviews I think he’s a strong family man who just still likes to talk a big game, which = no threat to Oz. BTW, slightly off topic, am I the only one that thinks his daughter is not his child? She’s darker than the boys and looks nothing like either Snoop or his wife. Sucio!

  12. Trashaddict says:

    SuperNova: Touche!
    So, this is the same Snoop Dogg who has been affiliated with Girls Gone Wild type videos, had a post on Crazy Days and Nights of himself admiring his own peen (long and snaky), and (for real????) was affiliated with the Crips? All criminal records aside, too bad you can’t be banned from a country for poor judgment. Of course, then no one could travel anywhere….

  13. A Dawn says:

    Who steals the limelight here is Crowe…

  14. I was reading something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your linear perspective on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read in the first place. I am still contemplating over the opposite points of view, but I’m tipped to a great extent toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what is so great about contemporary democracy and the marketplace of ideas on-line.