Tyler the Creator Blasts U.K. for 'Treating Me Like a Terrorist'
After being reportedly banned from the U.K. due to his controversial lyrics, Tyler, the Creator is lashing out at the government, claiming they're treating him like a "terrorist."
Last week, the American rapper tweeted he was banned from the U.K. "for 3-5 years" by the country’s Home Office policy, which cited “behaviours unacceptable in the U.K.” due to lyrics written years earlier. The lyrics come from songs on his 2009 mixtape Bastard as well as a song from his debut studio album, Goblin.
During an interview with The Guardian, Tyler shared his feelings on the situation.
“Now [the U.K. government] are just followers,” Tyler, the Creator told The Guardian. “Everyone is a follower, just following what other countries are doing. Now I’m getting treated like a terrorist.”
Tyler was referring to also being banned from New Zealand in 2014, and facing backlash from the Australian group Collective Shout, which started a campaign that ended in the rapper’s Australian tour being canceled.
The rapper tweeted about the situation after he was held in a detention room and turned away from the U.K. border:
BASED ON LYRICS FROM 2009 I AM NOT ALLOWED IN THE UK FOR 3-5 YEARS ( although i was there 8 weeks ago) THAT IS WHY THE SHOWS WERE CANCELLED.— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) August 26, 2015
In his interview with The Guardian, Tyler says doesn’t believe that those lyrics from years ago represent the artist he is now.
“It’s based on things I made when I was super-young, when no one was listening [to my music],” Tyler said.
According to the government papers given to Tyler, The Creator, he won't be allowed to return to Britain for another three to five years, which is when the U.K. Home Secretary will review the decision.