Home Office responds to Tyler, The Creator ban: ‘Coming to the UK is a privilege’

Odd Future rapper claims he has been restricted entry into Britain for 3-5 years

The Home Office has responded to Tyler, The Creator’s claims that he is banned from entering the UK until at least 2018.

The rapper pulled a series of UK dates earlier this week, including an appearance at this weekend’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Explaining his reason for the change in plans, he went on to say that he has been told he cannot come back to Britain for a period of 3-5 years.

A spokesperson for the Home Office refused to address the specific case but issued the following statement, in which the reasons a person can be banned from entering the UK are explained.

“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’s manager Christian Clancy posted a more detailed explanation behind the ban in a lengthy Tumblr essay that saw him express his dismay at the Home Office’s decision.

“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.