Tyler, the Creator is never far from controversy — even when he’s touring the other side of the world.
The rapper created such a stir on his most recent trek Down Under, he caught the attention of the police and the Australian government was urged to pull his visa.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the police are investigating claims the artist unleashed a string of abusive four — and five — letter words at a 24-year-old feminist campaigner Talitha Stone during a show last Thursday night at Newtown’s Enmore Theatre. Tyler’s followers continued the tirade on Twitter.
The woman, a supporter of the women’s group Collective Shout, posted video of the incident on YouTube.
Collective Shout, used the footage to bolster their argument for federal immigration minister Brendan O’Connor to revoke Tyler’s visa, claiming his behavior was “more evidence that he is in breach of his visa conditions. He is creating a hostile environment for women and girls by engaging in vilification.”
The activists sent a letter to the minister under the header, “Has Tyler the Creator breached his Visa conditions?” In it, the organization suggests Tyler runs afoul of the Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants, which refers to “people 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.”
Collective Shout had protested Tyler’s tour with Earl Sweatshirt before they’d even landed for their June 4 opener at Perth’s Capitol. The four-date tour, promoted by Frontier Touring, concluded Saturday in Brisbane.
Tyler visited Australia with Odd Future for live dates back in 2011. That visit wasn’t without its controversial moments. Many of the headlines which spun from that tour were based on comments Tyler had made on Twitter. Australians, he wrote, were racists. “I’m uncomfortable and want to go home. I get this weird vibe,” he Tweeted at the time.
Should the immigration department take Collective Shout’s latest campaign any further, future Tyler tours Down Under could become a whole lot trickier to arrange.