Odd Future Banned from New Zealand, Deemed "Threat to Public Order"
Odd Future are persona non grata in New Zealand.
The hip-hip collective Odd Future has been banned from New Zealand after officials deemed they posed a threat to public order. Immigration, New Zealand explained that the rappers had 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."
Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future
Odd Future - led by Tyler, The Creator - were scheduled to support Eminem at Rapture festival on Saturday in Auckland though six group members were denied visas when New Zealand authorities became aware of an incident at a show in Boston in 2011 when some witnesses claimed some Odd Future members incited fans to attack police, according to the Guardian.
"It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often," Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin, "She continued to explain that it was rare to ban musicians under rules that cover character concerns, stating that those provisions have previously been used to stop white supremacist group leaders or high-profile Holocaust deniers rather than the group's often aggressive and controversial lyrics"
"If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand," she said.
In 2011, Odd Future were taken off the bill at the Big Day Out festival in Auckland after the city council objected to the group's lyrical content which they deemed to include homophobic and misogynistic references.
Odd Future's Hodgy Beats
Odd Future's manager Christian Clancy tweeted, "sorry new zealand apparently this group of kids that have inspired the shit out of me for the last few years are a threat to society. ... and thanks for the hour before flight heads up. after approving and issuing visas."
Tyler, The Creator 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"
The country has previously banned boxer Mike Tyson on account of his rape conviction, and musician Rovics, citing his blog posts about drug-taking.
Odd Future head out on a European tour in March, starting in Aarhus, Denmark on the 5th.