Last week Tyler, the Creator delivered the heartbreaking news to fans that he wouldn’t be able to perform or even visit the UK for the next 3-5 years. The Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom claimed that Tyler’s work “‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and that his presence is “not conducive to the public good.”
In the letter Tyler, the Creator received after being turned away at the border, it explains: “Your albums Bastard, in 2009, and Goblin, in 2011, are based on the premise of your adopting a mentally unstable alter ego who describes violent physical abuse, rape and murder in graphic terms which appears to glamourise this behaviour.” All of this back and forth has lead Tyler to finally speak further on the issue.
Tyler recently detailed his horribly confusing experience at the UK border with The Guardian. “I was in a detention room; I felt like a criminal,” said Tyler. “And then [a Border Force officer] showed me lyrics from songs … literally, a paper with five lines of lyrics, and four were from Bastard songs and one was from Tron Cat. I never perform those songs.” Tyler believes that the UK government is simply following in Australia’s decision to ban him. “Everyone is a follower, just following what other countries are doing. Now I’m getting treated like a terrorist.”
However, the most troubling and confusing part to Tyler seems to be the fact that although the UK may just be following Australia, they seemed to have actually done their research beforehand. And yet, still don’t seem to really get it. “The thing that irks me about it is that the paper saying I am denied entry to the UK clearly states that these songs were written from [the perspective of] an alter ego,” Tyler explained. “Which means they obviously did some research on these songs that they’re detaining me for. So the argument is right there!”
Read Tyler’s full interview with The Guardian here.