Oh Tyler, when will you learn!? The infamously anarchic rapper stayed true to his reputation on March 15 when he was arrested for allegedly inciting a riot during his performance earlier in the week at South By Southwest in Austin, Tex.
Tyler, the Creator‘s entire persona and musical catalogue is devoted to inciting revolt and anarchy, but he apparently crossed the line on March 13 at his concert at South By Southwest — and he was taken in by police two days later. Tyler was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for inciting a riot, with a bond set at $25,000.
Tyler, The Creator Arrested For Inciting A Riot
The rapper was arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport on March 15. Along with his mugshot — in which Tyler is oddly wide-eyed — the Austin Police Department also released a statement about the incident:
The charge stems from an incident that occurred on Thursday March 13, 2014, at a local entertainment venue where the subject encouraged behavior causing an immediate danger and injury to persons. Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees controlling access at the venue which was already at full capacity.
Regardless of the size of a crowd, the encouragement of unruly and unlawful behavior is against the law and cannot be tolerated.
Tyler was the headlining act of the Converse/Thraser “Death Match” showcase at Scoot Inn. As the police statement says, the rapper encouraged fans outside the gates to push through and led them in a chant of “PUSH, PUSH, PUSH,” according to SPIN magazine. Hundreds of people reportedly rushed in and the venue sound cut off, at which point the scene almost became violent.
This sort of mayhem is what Tyler is all about, and that’s all well and good until people’s lives are put in jeopardy. Something tells us Tyler will wear this riot misdemeanor as a badge of honor though.
— Andrew Gruttadaro