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Canadian MP calls for 50 Cent ban
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50 Cent is due to begin a tour of Canada on 3 December
Controversial US rapper 50 Cent should be prevented from touring Canada next month because he promotes gun-related violence, according to a Canadian MP.

Junior foreign minister Dan McTeague has called on officials to stop the performer from entering the country.

"This is not a question of censorship," he said. "This is a question of trying to protect impressionable young men."

50 Cent - real name Curtis Jackson - is due to launch a tour of seven Canadian cities on 3 December in Vancouver.

Canadian law decrees that anyone with a criminal record needs a special permit to enter the country.

"Under our laws he would be deemed criminally admissible," Mr McTeague told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

50 Cent in Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is released in the UK on 20 January
50 Cent, who was shot nine times in a gang incident in 2000, recently released Get Rich or Die Tryin', a fictionalised portrait of his career.

Posters for the film, which depicted its star holding a microphone in one hand and a pistol in the other, were removed in some areas of the US following complaints that they glorified gun crime.

A fatal shooting at a Pennsylvania cinema where his film was screening was subsequently attributed to an old prison argument.

50 Cent's last concert in Toronto in 2003 was marked by a gun-related fatality outside the theatre. More violence occurred after a concert in Montreal.

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