Calls for Tyler, the Creator to be banned from touring Australia

Tyler, the Creator’s plans to tour Australia in September have been slammed by activist group Collective Shout who have urged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to deny the rapper a visa claiming that his music promotes and glorifies violence against women.

Collective Shout co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist recently spoke to 3AW host Neil Mitchell about Tyler’s lyrics and actions. “We can’t ignore someone who comes here and advocates rape and extreme violence against women through his lyrics,” Tankard Reist explained before telling Mitchell that Tyler advocates murder, genital mutilation, stuffing women into car-boots, trapping them in his basement, raping their corpses and burying their bodies. “You can’t have a national plan of action to address violence against women at the same time as doing nothing to stop the cultural drivers of that very same violence,” she told Mitchell.

While Mitchell agrees that Tyler’s lyrics are “vile” and that he “raps about some awful things” he notes that the rapper doesn’t have any criminal convictions that would prevent him from touring Australia. However Collective Shout claim that Tyler should be refused entry as the government can deny entry to visa applicants “whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.” Mitchell says he asked the Prime Minister about Tyler but that Tony Abbott had never heard of him.

Tyler has toured Australia several times including visits with the Big Day Out, Vivid festival and a tour with fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt in 2013. Tankard Reist claims that footage shot by a member of Collective Shout on that 2013 tour at the Enmore in Sydney directly led to the New Zealand government’s decision to ban him from performing at the Rapture festival in Auckland early last year. Tyler made reference to that ban on a verse on ‘Smuckers’, a collaboration with Kanye West and Lil Wayne that appears on his new album Cherry Bomb. “I got banned from New Zealand, Whitey called me demon and a terrorist,” Tyler spits. “God dammit I couldn’t believe it.”

Tyler is scheduled to play all-ages gigs in Sydney and Brisbane plus over-age shows in Melbourne and Perth when he tours in September. Check out the dates here.