Gorillaz star Damon Albarn has poured scorn on the Australian government's decision to ban Snoop Dogg, insisting it will only serve to raise the rapper's profile even more.
The hip-hop star has been denied entry to the country since April (07) when he was due to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards. Lawmakers agreed his criminal record - which includes convictions for drugs and firearms offences in the U.S. - was sufficient grounds to exclude him indefinitely.
However, Albarn can't understand the logic behind the decision, insisting it won't harm the rapper at all.
He says, "(Australia) is just making his franchise even stronger by banning him. So they're doing the total opposite of what they're trying to do.
"He can't lose."
Last year (06) Britain's Home Office also banned Snoop Dogg from entering the country after a disturbance at London's Heathrow Airport.