Australia considers Eminem visa request

Australian officials are considering an entertainment visa application from rapper Eminem, Reuters reports. Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said Australia is considering whether to grant the visa and is taking into consideration Eminem’s history of gun-related charges. The rapper is currently on probation for three gun-related charges related to two separate incidents. Prime Minister John Howard said that while the decision to grant the visa is not his to make, he finds Eminem’s lyrics sickening and offensive. Tickets for two concerts in Australia have already gone on sale. The Grammy award-winner is scheduled to play in Melbourne on July 26 and Sydney on July 27.