SLIM PICKINGS FOR EMINEM PROTESTORS

The controversial rapper is greeted by a large number of journalists and a handful of fans...

EMINEM has arrived safely in AUSTRALIA, where there were no signs of the protesters who campaigned against his arrival into the country.

Eminem was granted a visa to play two shows in the country earlier in the month. However, prior to his arrival, lobby groups and a number of high profile MPs backed a campaign to block his entry visa.

The star is set to play two shows, at the Melbourne Rod Laver Arena on July 26, and Sydney Superdrome the following night (27).

Now, according to the Australian news network, www.news.com.au, the controversial rapper arrived at Melbourne Airport at 9.20am (AEST) today, where he was greeted by a large number of journalists and a handful of fans.

Speaking after the star arrived, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks said that Eminem was entitled to free speech, but maintained that his visa conditions specified the star respect Australia’s multicultural society.

He commented: “I won’t be going to see him and no-one I know will be going to see him. But it’s a democracy and parents have the right to choose and young people have the right to choose. I agree with the condition on his visa and I hope and pray that he respects that.”

Eminem returns to the UK for a headline apperance at the Carling Weekend Festivals in Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday weekend (August 24-26).

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