Wow! Tyler, The Creator is in hot water after his “misogynistic” lyrics raised the ire of an Australian women’s group. Tyler is saying he’s been banned from the country entirely! Is it true?
Tyler, The Creator, 24, is known for his over-the-top and sometimes offensive lyrics. It seems that they’ve finally caught up with him, according to a new report! Australian women’s advocacy group Collective Shout petitioned their government to deny Tyler a visa — and on Tuesday, July 28, he tweeted that he was banned from Australia! What’s going on here?
Tyler was not happy when he tweeted that he had been denied entry to Australia, tagging Collective Shout operations director Coralie Alison in the post. Coralie headed the charge against the Odd Future rapper to be held accountable for his ongoing “misogynistic hate speech against women.”
The organization petitioned Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton in June 2015 with a plea to deny Tyler a visa for his planned tour stop. “He is renowned for his songs advocating rape and extreme violence against women,” the letter reads, “including murder, genital mutilation, stuffing them into car boots, trapping them in his basement, raping their corpses and burying their bodies.”
When you see it listed out, it’s hard to deny the sexist nature of Tyler’s lyrics. His fans’ horrifying tweets at Coralie only back this up. With Tyler stating that he’s banned from the country, it seems like the group has won their fight! But that might actually not be the case.
Tyler has not yet been denied his visa, according to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Though he has an open visa application, a decision hasn’t been made on his case. What? “In cases where a person is assessed as representing a risk that they may vilify or incite discord, or otherwise represent a danger to the Australian community, a person may be refused a visa,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Frontier Touring, which manages Tyler’s tour, also posted a statement to Facebook saying that his application hadn’t been denied. Is this just a case of seriously confused messages? Why would Tyler think that he’s already been banned? Maybe he’s just preparing for the worst — he was denied entry to New Zealand in 2014 for being “a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Tyler should be banned from Australia? Tell us in the comments and be sure to take our poll!
— Samantha Wilson