An hour before boarding a flight to New Zealand, Tyler The Creator and the Odd Future crew had their visas revoked and were denied entry into the land of the sheep and hobbits. The miscreants were set to perform at the Rapture Festival along with Eminem, taking Kendrick Lamar’s spot after he cancelled. Immigration New Zealand addressed the issue to News 3 stating, “Odd Future has 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. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.”
New Zealand considers Odd Future a “threat to public order”
Their manager, Christian Clancy, tweeted in response, “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.”
This isn’t the first time that the big eared bandit and his crew of ruffians have been on the wrong end of the New Zealand spotlight. In 2011, they were kicked off a bill in New Zealand for homophobic lyrics, though they performed an independent side show instead. In spite of all the previous negative press, New Zealand had no issues allowing Earl to perform at the Laneway Festival just a few weeks ago.
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Article by Arpan Somani