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MP wants “misogynist” Tyler, The Creator out of Aus

A Liberal party MP has called on the Prime Minister to cancel “controversial” US rapper Tyler, the Creator’s right to perform in Australia. Yep, it’s 2011 again.

Alex Hawke, the Member for Mitchell in North Western Sydney, said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard was exhibiting a double standard by allowing the Odd Future ringleader entry into Australia, especially after branding Opposition Leader Tony Abbott a misogynist last year. Tyler has made headlines in the past for his “violently anti-gay and misogynistic music”, raising the ire of gay rights group GLAAD and Canadian duo Tegan and Sara.

“Allowing this man a visa to promote his misogyny to audiences, including children, is a complete disgrace and an absolute insult to all of us and to women in particular,” Hawke told news.com.au earlier today.

Those calls were backed up by Melinda Liszewski from Collective Shout, an organisation that works against the sexualisation of women. “It’s an absolute mockery and insult to women who have actually experienced these horrific things,” she told The Courier Mail. “We’ve had people say, ‘Ah, they’re just lyrics, we’re not going to listen to his song and go out and rape and murder someone’ but there is a connection between misogynist violence, discriminatory speech and the actual real world violence against women.”

But a spokesperson from the office of Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor confirmed that while the minister did not agree with Tyler’s “offensive lyrics”, he would not intervene. “It is a condition of his visa that he must respect Australian law and not cause or threaten harm to individuals or the community, and that any such conduct may result in him having his visa cancelled,” the spokesperson told news.com.au.

Tyler recently told SPIN magazine that he’s moved on from the violent lyrics of his past. “Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn’t interest me anymore,” he said. “What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to … People who wanted the first album again, I can’t do that. I was 18, broke as fuck. On my third album, I have money and I’m hanging out with my idols. I can’t rap about the same shit.”

He reiterated those claims tonight on Twitter:

Tyler kicked off his four-date “EarlWolf” tour with Odd Future collaborator Earl Sweatshirt at the Capitol in Perth last night (photos below). The pair have three more shows left including all-ages shows in Sydney (Enmore Theatre on June 6) and Brisbane (Eatons Hill Hotel on June 8), as well as an 18-plus date in Melbourne (Palace Theatre on June 7).

(Photo by Cam C)

EarlWolf Australian tour:

Thursday, June 6-Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)

Friday, June 7-Palace Theatre, Melbourne (18+)

Saturday, June 8-Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (All Ages)