*UPDATE: The UK Home Office elaborated on denying Tyler, The Creator’s visa:
“Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.”*
Tyler, The Creator has been a firestarter since he first appeared on the scene back in 2009, and now that past is coming back to bite him in the ass.
Tyler took to Twitter recently to announce that due to “circumstances,” he would have to cancel sets at UK festivals, including the Reading, Leeds, and Belfast festivals, among others. As if things couldn’t get any worse from there, it’s looking like Tyler won’t be allowed across the pond for a while.
Tyler tweeted earlier today (August 26) that he’s been canceling shows (something he’s stated that he’d never decided to do) because the UK is officially kicking him out of the country for 3-5 years.
His manager Christian Clancy later delved into the details in a heartfelt Tumblr post, saying that the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom banned him for lyrics from his earlier work that “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts..,” even though Tyler and company was in the UK a month ago touring his latest release Cherry Bomb; they even rented out a movie theater to screen Napoleon Dynamite for fans.
Clancy cited his friend’s growth in his argument: “more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth. what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers? the fact that he has evolved into someone who has acknowledged and grown out of that is simply lost in the narrative. is he not worthy of the pat on the back for becoming aware and making changes? what message does that send? is race a conscious or subconscious factor at all?”
Good points, Clancy. Regardless of the UK’s ignorant decision, US fans can catch him on tour with ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, & Vince Staples this fall.