Tyler the Creator has been banned from stepping foot in the UK

UK’s Secretary Of State says the rapper's lyrics “encourage violence and intolerance of homosexuality."


    Photo by Autumn Andel

    Tyler the Creator is running out of places to play. Following the cancelation of his Australian tour at the hands of a feminist group, the Odd Future MC has never scrapped his upcoming jaunt across the UK.

    According both Tyler and his manager Christian Clancy, the rapper has been banned from setting foot in the UK for the next three to five years. In a Tumblr posting, Clancy cites a letter from the UK’s Secretary Of States which justifies its decision by pointing to lyrics that “encourage violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “foster hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.” Read Clancy’s full statement below.

    Update – Thursday, September 27th: According to a statement issued by the UK Home Office to The Quietus, Tyler’s presence is “not conducive to the public good.” It reads, “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, meanwhile, tweeted the following:

    As of now, Tyler’s upcoming US tour alongside ASAP Rocky is still a go. In fact, just today they expanded the jaunt to include several more shows. Check out Tyler’s current itinerary below.

    Tyler the Creatoe 2015 Tour Dates:
    09/18 – Morgantown, WA @ WVU Coliseum *
    09/19 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena *
    09/20 – Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
    09/22 – New York, NY @ Theater at Madison Square Garden *
    09/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier *
    09/26 – Clarkson, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre *
    09/27 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
    09/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
    10/02 – Houston, TX @ NRG Center *
    10/03-04 – Atlanta, GA @ Afropunk Atlanta
    10/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square *
    10/09 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *
    11/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
    11/11 – Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theater *
    11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA *
    11/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
    12/05 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik


    * = w/ ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, and Vince Staples

    Read Clancy’s full statement:

    Beyond the issues of free speech, Clancy is quick to note that the lyrics in question are six to seven years old, written when Tyler was 18 years old. “Can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18?” later adding, “How do you punish someone for growing up?”

    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. 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..” i grew up on NWA, eminem and rage against the machine, so its hard to me to fully wrap my head this thought process and its implications.

    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 (shows, in stores, meet and greets). we rented out a movie theatre last month in London for a private showing of napoleon dynamite for his fans. literally last month.

    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?

    theres a lot to absorb and understand, but while he gets painted as some sort of anti christ i want to make sure people know the facts, which are that he hasn’t delved into those lyrics in years – he writes songs about cars and spreading your wings. he doesn’t drink or smoke, he owns his own businesses, he takes care of his family and friends, he’s honest, grateful, aware, fearless, intelligent, and inspiring. his shows serve as a release, not acts of aggression.

    is he perfect? absolutely not. he’s a human evolving like the rest of us, and that process evolution is a process, not a light switch.

    im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS. our 8 year old daughter, who is constantly inspired by him, said it best; “why would they ban tyler? that makes no sense.”