BY WILL LAMPEY
Tyler, the Creator is no stranger to controversy. After he was denied a visa to enter Australia earlier this month, the California based artist has been vocal about his displeasure with the ban he’s received. Now, according to Tyler’s manager Christian Clancy, he’s been banned from entering the UK “for somewhere between three to five years per a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom”. The ban has hit Tyler and his fans in an even harsher way, as he’s had to cancel a string of shows across the country. The cause of the ban is controversial in itself, being that it was due to his lyrics from up to six years ago on his debut project Bastard and his 2011 album Goblin.
Though he hasn’t returned to the violent subject material of those albums in about four years, he’s still being punished for them. As Clancy has stated, this situation highlights an issue of free speech being restricted for unfounded reasons.
Tyler won’t be back in the UK for a while, but you can catch him on tour in the US with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples. Tickets are available at rockyandtyler.com.
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