Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tyler the Creator reveals reason why he cancelled Irish gigs

Tyler the Creator
Tyler the Creator

Sasha Brady

Tyler the Creator has revealed the real reason why he cancelled his Dublin gig at The Academy on Wednesday night.

The rapper, who was also billed to perform in Belfast on Tuesday and at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK later this week, cancelled due to unspecified ''circumstances".

Today, the reason for the cancellation has been revealed: officials in the United Kingdom are denying him entry on the basis of his lyrical content.

His manager, Christian Clancy, detailed the reasons behind the ban on his Tumblr page.

"Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between three-to-five years per a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote six-to-seven years ago for his albums B*stard and Goblin – the type of lyrics he hasn’t written since."

According to Mr Clancy, the letter said that Tyler's work "encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality" and "fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts".

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He expressed his bewilderment at the decision due to the fact that Tyler has been allowed to enter the UK over 20 times in the last five years, and did so "without incident."  Those visits included shows, meet and greets, and last month, a movie screening in London.

Mr. Clancy did not defend Tyler's lyrics but he highlighted that he's standing up for the rapper due to who he is as a person. He believes that the rapper's punishment is part of a broader issue on free speech that impacts on musicians, especially rappers.

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"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?"

Tyler is not the first rapper who has been banned from entering the UK. Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg have both been denied entry in the past due to convictions for criminal offences in the US.

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