Tyler, The Creator Details Getting Banned From the UK At the Border

By HHL Editors

Last week, Tyler, The Creator was forbidden from entering into the United Kingdom for three to five years.

This follows Tyler being banned from both Australia and New Zealand.

In an interview with the Guardian, Tyler spoke about how he was stopped at the UK border, detained and "treated like a terrorist."

Monday was one of the shittiest days I’ve ever had. I was in a detention room; I felt like a criminal. And then [a Border Force officer] showed me lyrics from songs … literally, a paper with five lines of lyrics, and four were from Bastard songs and one was from Tron Cat. I never perform those songs. Thirty minutes later, the guy comes in, he gives me a paper, and he says: “OK, they’re not letting you in the country.” The paper said I couldn’t come at all, saying that I support homophobia and acts of terrorism, and [it said] some other stuff. I’m just like, one, none of that is true, and two, I was here seven weeks ago. I rented out a movie theatre for a show. I did something really awesome, and it was no problem. "When the Australia thing happened, I was like, “Wow, OK," Tyler continued. "Then the UK thing happened, and it’s like: ‘OK, this is not funny any more – this is actually wrong, from a moral standpoint. Now [threats against] freedom of art and speech are at hand. And because of this, it’s opening a door for anyone to be banned."
Tyler went on to explain that in the papers banning him they conceded his objectionable lyrics came from his "alter ego."

"So the argument is right there! This song is written from an alter ego – I’m not like this!" Tyler pleads.
What do you think? Is the UK out of line?

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