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Tyler, The Creator banned from UK over anti-gay lyrics

Tyler, The Creator banned from UK over anti-gay lyrics

Tyler, The Creator was also banned from Australia over lyrics that promote against women.

Tyler The Creator has been banned from entering the UK for up to five years over his anti-gay lyrics.

The 24 year-old rapper, real name Tyler Gregory Okonma, used the the word ‘faggot’ and its variants a total of 213 times on his 2011 album Goblin, according to NME.

Okonma announced Monday (24 August) that he had to cancel four UK shows, including Reading and Leeds festivals due to ‘circumstances… beyond my control.’

Then on Wednesday, he tweeted:

His manager, Christian Clancy, explained in a lengthy Tumblr post that he had received a letter from the UK home department banning his client for three to five years because of work that ‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality.’

‘to say that i am confused would be an understatement,’ he wrote.

‘can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets).’

Clancy said the lyrics in questions made him ‘cringe’ but added: ‘more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth.

‘what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up?’

Okonma was also banned from Australia last month over lyrics that promote against women.