Tyler The Creator and Odd Future are banned from New Zealand?
Apparently, the L.A. rapper and his crew were headed South Pacific country this week to serve as the opening act for Eminem, but just found out they were denied Visas.
“OF IS BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND, AGAIN. THEY SAID WE WERE ‘TERRORIST THREATS AND BAD FOR THE SOCIETY’ OR WHATEVER. SICK. THEY ARE ANTI GOLF,” Tyler tweeted.
OF IS BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND, AGAIN. THEY SAID WE WERE 'TERRORIST THREATS AND BAD FOR THE SOCIETY' OR WHATEVER. SICK. THEY ARE ANTI GOLF
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) February 13, 2014
Immigration New Zealand issued a statement on the matter (per NME), citing past incidents at their live shows.
“The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest,” said the statement. “Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalized following a riot incited by Odd Future.”
Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg also chimed in, saying he and Em do not support “any decisions by government agencies or otherwise that result in the suppression of any form of artistic expression.”
At press time, it’s unclear who will open for Eminem’s planned concerts.
We do not support any decisions by government agencies or otherwise that result in the suppression of any form of artistic expression.
— Paul Rosenberg (@rosenberg) February 13, 2014