Last week, Tyler, the Creator announced on Twitter that he was not only refused a visa for entry to the UK, but would be effectively banned from the country for the next 3–5 years. This came shortly after Tyler cancelled Australian tour dates after women's advocacy group Collective Shout petitioned the government to deny him a visa to enter the country.

The UK ban came from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in the form of a letter to Tyler, part of which reads:

"The home secretary has reached this decision because you have brought yourself within the scope of the list of unacceptable behaviour by making statements that may foster hatred, which might lead to intercommunity violence in the UK.

"Your albums Bastard, in 2009, and Goblin, in 2011, are based on the premise of your adopting a mentally unstable alter ego who describes violent physical abuse, rape and murder in graphic terms which appears to glamourise this behaviour."

Now, in an interview with the Guardian, Tyler has hit out against the UK government and censorship, talking about his frustrations about both but especially the latter. In the interview he calls the UK government "followers… just following what other countries are doing."

He added: "Now I'm getting treated like a terrorist…"

Being banned from country after country, in fact or by whipped-up hostilities towards him, would definitely make you feel like there was something more dangerous about your person than mere lyrics – and fictional lyrics at that. And perhaps there are those who think Tyler likening himself to a terrorist is over-the-top; what about the autocratic decision-making process at work in government? What about the whim of Theresa May blocking Tyler, the Creator on the grounds that it is essentially for our own good? This decision itself, reminiscent of the rhetoric applied to so-called "hate preachers", is over-the-top. We must not allow this to become normal.

Tyler went on to question the sense in banning him from the UK:

What about the people who will make music in the next five years? Are they gonna get banned? Why don’t they ban authors? Writers who write these mystery books about people getting raped and sabotaged and murdered and brainwashed – why don’t they ban them? There are rallies of neo-Nazis in parts of England. And then you’re telling me I can’t come there because of some bullshit song, but you got motherfuckers with swastikas rallying down the street actually promoting hate?

Well said. You can read the whole interview here.

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