Feminist organization Collective Shout is campaigning to get 24-year-old rapper Tyler the Creator banned from Australia on the grounds that his lyrics and fans are misogynistic and that makes him too dangerous.
“The messages propogated [sic] in these lyrics pose particular risk to the Australian community by conveying the message that interpersonal conflict might be legitimately resolved through violence,” states the group’s petition to the Immigration Minister.
“We request that you act urgently to revoke Tyler the Creator’s visa so that he cannot promote his misogynistic attitudes here,” it continues. “Please demonstrate that your Government is serious about addressing the scourge of violence against women by taking this action as a matter of urgency.”
At the time of publication, the petition had more than 1,700 signatures.
According to CNN, Collective Shout first tried to get the rapper banned from Australia in 2013. The new petition is in response to Tyler’s scheduled Australia shows from September 3 to 8, and has been receiving a lot of publicity ever since the rapper tweeted on Monday that Coralie Alison, the director of operations for Collective Shout, had “won” and he had indeed been “banned from Australia.”
Despite Tyler’s claims, however, a representative from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection told CNN that no decision had yet been made on his visa status either way — adding that “in cases where a person is assessed as representing a risk that they may vilify or incite discord, or otherwise represent a danger to the Australian community, a person may be refused a visa.”
If you ask Alison, Tyler definitely meets those criteria for refusal:
“We can’t have a national plan to reduce violence against women at the same time as rolling out the red carpet for rap artists with his history,” she said in an email to CNN.
Alison also cited the fact that many of Tyler’s fans reacted to his tweet falsely announcing a ban by sending her hateful messages — including rape and death threats.
“As activists we are used to receiving abuse. But abuse from Tyler’s fans is particularly aggressive,” she said.
#related#As odd as it may sound, this isn’t the first time that Tyler’s influence has been considered a potential concern to an entire country’s safety. In fact, the rapper and his group, Odd Future, were banned from playing a festival in New Zealand in 2014 when officials concluded that they posed “a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence.”
After the New Zealand ban had been announced, Tyler tweeted his disappointment about not being able to perform there:
“I am so bummed that I can’t go to a place that I fell in love with, it sucks, but yo, I am not responsible for what others say, no way, ever,” he wrote.