During an interview with The Guardian, Ladera Heights, California musician Tyler, The Creator revealed that he’s become increasingly frustrated by his recent bans, including a ban from Australia, and most recently, one from the UK. The Odd Future lyricist was also banned from New Zealand in 2014.
Tyler revealed that he’s being “treated like a terrorist” due to his various bans. He added that the UK purely opted to follow the decisions of other countries who had previously banned him.
“Now [the UK government] are just followers,” Tyler, The Creator said. “Everyone is a follower, just following what other countries are doing. Now I’m getting treated like a terrorist. I’m bummed out because it’s like, dude, I’m not homophobic. I’ve said this since the beginning. The ‘hating women’ thing – it’s so nuts. It’s based on things I made when I was super-young, when no one was listening [to my music]. Like, I wrote Blow when I was reading about different people in American history. One of the people happened to be [the serial killer] Ted Bundy, and I wrote a song from his point of view.”
According to a tweet Tyler made late last month, “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.”
During his interview with The Guardian, Tyler spoke on a past lyric where he raps about his white fans idolizing a black man, and the lyric being relatable now given his recent circumstances.
“[I wrote that] lyric because I was starting to think that they did not like the fact that their children were idolising a black man,” he said. “There were Caucasian parents who were not feeling that, so yes, they’re gonna sign a petition to make sure I don’t come and infiltrate their child’s brain. The fact that I wrote that shit in January and it pertains to right now is so fucking crucial, it’s crazy.”
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