Lauren Southern might be too controversial for alt-right media but she’s allowed to tour in Australia

Why are we letting people deemed “too racist” by other countries come to speak here?

By Kate Wagner

Far-right YouTuber Lauren Southern revels in the cornerstones of her movement, parroting them at every chance. She's anti-non-anglo immigration; anti-Islam; anti-feminism; thinks there should only be two genders and actively campaigned against the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it caused more deaths than the Klu Klux Klan (it hasn't, by the way).

The 22-year-old shot to fame after a diatribe against feminism, which now has 1.2 million views, and then started reporting for the same alt-right media company Mark Latham works for. There, she recorded videos where she faked becoming a man to mock gender identification laws and attended a Slutwalk protest holding a sign that read, "There is no rape culture in the West" —a stunt that saw her suspended from the Libertarian Party.

Last year, she was detained by the Italian Coast Guard for attempting to obstruct NGO search-and-rescue boats trying to help shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean and released a book titled, 'Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation'.

The commentator seems to embody the alt-right, but even some of the far-right think she's a bit too much. Rebel Media — an organisation that has been praised by Nazis and former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizards — parted ways with the controversial identity. While neither party would disclose the reason for her departure, it suspiciously coincided with her increasingly sympathetic tone towards fascism.

And now, Southern will be hosting a speaking tour in Australia, despite being banned from entering the UK just months ago.

The Canadian was physically stopped by British police for distributing flyers which read, "Allah is a gay God" and "Allah is trans". Although she herself is often derisive about trans people, Southern claimed the stunt was a social experiment to prove Islam was a homophobic religion by provoking British Muslims.

Of course, Australia isn't afraid to cancel visas. They served Snoop Dogg with an intention to cancel his visa after US drug charges; Chris Brown wasn't allowed in the country in wake of his domestic violence charges and Tyler, The Creator cancelled a bunch of dates amidst controversy regarding his homophobic, misogynistic and violent lyrics.

Tyler wasn't stoked about Australia's visa and quarantine policies and took aim in a song called 'F**k It' two months later.

"Tell Australia I'm sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand / Instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack," he rapped.

He also implied there were racist motivations for his ban given that Eminem — the guy who sings about raping his mother, arranging the gang rape of his sister, murdering his wife, and lurking in your backseat to kill you — was admitted into Australia, no questions asked.

How do her anti-immigration sentiments compare to Australia?

The epithet "stop the boats" is firmly embedded in Australia's political lexicon and Southern referenced it when she announced the tour.

"Australia is a fascinating situation for both of us, because it really seems that you guys are at a crossroad," she announced. "Do you want to retain your culture? … Or, will the boats keep coming?

"Will you become another victim of multiculturalism? Who knows what the future of Australia holds. But hopefully, we can bring some of the facts to make those decisions."

She, however, has no problem with white immigration it seems. Her grandparents migrated to Canada from Denmark, a fact she deems irrelevant to her anti-refugee stance.

Southern has also been producing a long form documentary on the plight of white South African farmers, encouraging Donald Trump to give refuge to "people under attack".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was similarly incensed over the persecution of white farmers and proposed fast-tracked visas.

His sympathy for white South Africans, who would "abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard [and] not lead a life on welfare", while refusing to let POC asylum seekers settle in Australia was met with indignation, even by his own party.

Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop were forced to reiterate Australia has a non-discriminatory immigration policy and they would certainly not be fast-tracking visas for white people.

His stance was especially shocking when compared to his statements on non-Anglo refugees. When asked about integrating other refugees, he threatened they would both steal Australian jobs and languish on the dole.

"They won't be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English," Dutton told conservative Sky News presenter, Paul Murray.

"These people would be taking Australian jobs, there's no question about that.

"For many of them that would be unemployed, they would languish in unemployment queues and on Medicare and the rest of it so there would be huge cost and there's no sense in sugar-coating that, that's the scenario."

Similarly controversial commentator, Milo Yiannopoulos, toured Australia in December last year and he was slapped with a $50,000 bill for heavily police presence after clashes ending in arrest and injury. We expect similar protests at Southern's talks, if her visa isn't cancelled.