Last week, during a SXSW day show at the Scoot Inn, Tyler, The Creator told the fans lined up outside the venue — and there were a lot of them — to push their way in. They did. And when Tyler was leaving Austin, Austin police arrested him and charged him with inciting a riot, a Class A misdemeanor. Tyler is out on bail now, and his attorney has issued a statement saying that the fans who pushed their way in were full of “positive energy” and that the show, simply put, was not a riot. Read what he had to say below.
In the statement, Tyler’s attorney Perry Q. Minton writes:
At no time during the… concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity as has been reported in the press. It is clear from video clips and witness reports that the patrons and fans attending the show on that date were full of positive energy appropriate for this type of event and never exhibited any anger or aggression whatsoever… For law enforcement or the media to describe the rush of fans through the gate and the subsequent benign, boisterous activity as a riot is an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred… Tyler is not a violent individual and would never deliberately engage in any activity that would put another person at risk of being hurt.
(via Associated Press)
Here’s some footage of the disputed incident:
It’s worth noting that this happened after three people were killed and many more were hurt in a hit-and-run outside a Tyler show. Tyler obviously had nothing to do with that, but you’d think the experience might give him pause before some bullshit like this.
UPDATE: Tyler’s manager Christian Clancy has shared a statement as well:
tyler had a punk rock moment at the converse/thrasher show at sxsw. however the energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression.. kumbaya? of course not. but this simply isn’t as its being portrayed. no one was hurt. u likely don’t believe me (i get it..) find the whole show on you tube.. just seeing an edited 7 seconds of kids running/walking in doesn’t exactly sum it up. his shows are much more of a positive release than a build up of aggression.. (not unlike how rage against the machine or metallica shows were therapy for me when i was growing up..) everyone was happy after the show. zero bad energy backstage. as his manager no one came up to me regarding the “incident.”
i understand how easy it is to paint tyler as a bad guy.. i honestly do.. but as someone who has spent a whole lot of time around him i can only say dig deeper. ask his fans. ask his friends. ask my daughter. this is a guy who has never had a drink or drug in his life. this is a guy who is building his own businesses and challenging the old ones. offensive? maybe, depending on where you are standing but only on the surface. google can give u plenty of things to be offended by but if u dig it disappears. shit you might even be inspired. if nothing else ud at least have another perspective even if u disagree with his approach.. im not here to defend every move tyler makes, but i will stand by him and defend his character because i know him, the context, and have witnessed the growth. those who are combining this with a incredibly serious tragedy that happened the night prior are off base and our hearts go out to those who were injured and their families. tyler was not at the venue and received the info of what happened like everyone did.. in shock.. we all quietly had our own individual way of dealing with the heaviness of it all. thats not something you process quickly.