Tyler, The Creator Cancels Australian Tour After Pressure From Feminist Group
Last month, Tyler, The Creator claimed on Twitter that he’d been banned from Australia. The feminist group Collective Shout had been petitioning Australia’s Immigration Minister to deny Tyler’s visa, citing both his lyrics and “incitement of violence towards one of our activists.” (When Odd Future were denied entry to New Zealand after the same group’s pressures a few years ago, Tyler and Odd Future fans repeatedly threatened petitioner Talitha Stone.) And while it’s not clear that the Australian government caved to that pressure, Tyler won’t be coming to Australia anytime soon.
As Pitchfork points out, Tyler’s forthcoming four-date tour of Australia won’t be happening. In a statement, Tyler says, “We would much rather come to Australia when it isn’t surrounded in controversy. I love my fans there and hopefully I’ll be back soon. Don’t do drugs.”
Meanwhile, Tyler really wants to make music with former One Direction member Zayn Malik:
HI @zaynmalik I HAVE BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENTALS AND YOU HAVE A VOICE LETS FIGURE THIS OUT MY GUY . EPIC ALBUM CUTS THO NO RADIO SINGLES
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) August 9, 2015