Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesTyler, the Creator has been officially banned from the United Kingdom because of his lyrical content.
The rapper wrote on Twitter, “Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was there 8 weeks ago).” Tyler canceled several U.K. tour dates last week.
His manager, Christian Clancy, commented on his blog, “Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the United Kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums Bastard and Goblin.” Clancy added the letter stated that Tyler’s work “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”
A United Kingdom Home Office spokesperson told the The Quietus, “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values.” He continued, “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.”
Last summer, Tyler was banned from entering New Zealand to play Eminem‘s Rapture Festival.
A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator are still scheduled to kick off their co-headlining American tour on September 19 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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