Odd Future blocked from entering New Zealand as 'a potential threat to public order'

Group's manager says they were informed one hour before their flight

Odd Future blocked from entering New Zealand as 'a potential threat to public order'

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Odd Future have been banned from entering New Zealand.

The LA rap collective were due to appear at the Rapture festival in Auckland this weekend, but the group's entry visas have been revoked according to reports by 3 News. The festival is headlined by Eminem and Odd Future had been drafted in to replace Kendrick Lamar, who withdrew from the line-up citing a scheduling issue.

In a statement, Immigration New Zealand said: "The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.

Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.


The group's manager Christian Clancy reacted angrily to the news on Twitter, writing, "sorry new zealand apparently this group of kids that have inspired the shit out of me for the last few years are a threat to society... and thanks for the hour before flight heads up. after approving and issuing visas."




Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator also vented his anger on Twitter, but added, "I love NZ tho."



The move follows a campaign by anti-sexual violence group Stop Demand, who object to explicit and sexual content in Odd Future's songs. "We reject entirely the minimisation of such extreme women-hating vitriol by this group as mere artistic expression, or lyrics that don't appeal to sections of society," wrote founder Denise Ritchie said in a letter to Auckland Councillors, calling for the act to be scrapped.

Odd Future were removed from the Auckland leg of of Big Day Out, which tours Australia and New Zealand, in 2011, following complaints about homophobic lyrics in their songs. Auckland City Council told the organisers to remove the band from the bill or face licensing issues. Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt recently performed at Auckland's Laneway Festival.


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