The rapper says 'lyrics from 2009' are the reason behind cancelled shows and festival dates
Tyler, The Creator has told fans he has been banned from entering the UK for “3-5 years.”
The Odd Future rapper was scheduled to play gigs in Belfast and Dublin prior to Reading and Leeds festival sets. On Monday (August 24) he told fans the shows were cancelled due to “circumstances” but did not explain further.
Returning to twitter today (August 26), the rapper explained that he has been banned from entering the UK for 3-5 years because of “lyrics from 2009.” Clearly surprised by the decision, he then tweeted ‘*listens to last three releases in confusion*’
Read the tweets below:
“Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom,” Clancy wrote.
“The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin – the type of lyrics he hasn’t written since… highlights from the letter include that his work ‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality’ and ‘fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts..’
“To say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident,” he continues, referencing a show in the capital “literally last month.
“im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS.”
Earlier in August, Tyler, The Creator cancelled his Australian tour following protests from a feminist group surrounding his explicit lyrics. The rapper has been accused of homophobia and sexism in the past.
Meanwhile, Tyler recently cast doubt on the long term future of Odd Future when he claimed the group were “no more”. Group member Earl Sweatshirt later added to the speculation by claiming Tyler was merely “solidifying the obvious.”
Tyler, The Creator’s latest album ‘Cherry Bomb’ was released in April 2015.