Tyler, the Creator has been banned from the United Kingdom due to to offensive lyrics from his old music … and now the rapper says he’s being treated ‘like a terrorist.’
Last week, Tyler announced on Twitter that the UK banned him ‘for 3-5 years’ because of offensive lyrics from his 2009 mixtape Bastard and his studio debut album Goblin. The country states that Tyler’s lyrics violated its Unacceptable Behavior policy, which states in part that non-citizens who ‘use any means or medium… to express views that… foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the U.K.’ will not be allowed into the country for the next 3-5 years.
Speaking to The Guardian, the 24-year old rapper, who was also banned by Australia last month and in New Zealand last year for the same reason, blasted UK for following suit. ‘Now [the U.K. government] are just followers,’ he said. ‘Everyone is a follower, just following what other countries are doing. Now I’m getting treated like a terrorist.’
He insists that countries punishing him for years-old lyrics he wrote when he was very young and without much influence in the music industry is not correct. ‘It’s based on things I made when I was super-young, when no one was listening [to my music],’ he said.
He then went on to predict, ‘This is only gonna open a door for other people to get banned. And then they’re gonna go after video games, and then they’re gonna go after movies, and we’re gonna live in such a sensitive world. It’s like the world is scared of everything. I feel like everyone is so sensitive to everything, and if they don’t like something it’s like: “Oh my God, I don’t like the colour yellow – let’s get yellow banned from every country, let’s sign a petition – let’s start a hashtag to make sure this colour is never seen, because I don’t like it and I don’t understand it.’