Tyler, the Creator' (back right) and the Odd Future at VGX
2013 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Getty.
Hip-Hop group Odd Future has been refused entry into New
Zealand after being deemed a threat to public order.
The group were meant to be playing at the Rapture hip-hop
festival this Saturday.
Group member Tyler the Creator this afternoon tweeted the
news: "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"
Manager Christian Clancy expressed his dissatisfaction at the
immigration decision on Twitter.
"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,'' Clancy said.
"And thanks for the hour before flight heads up. After
approving and issuing visas.''
The immigration ban comes days after sexual violence advocacy
group Stop Demand emailed Auckland councillors, criticising
the decision to allow the group to perform at the Western
The email quoted several lyrics from Odd Future referencing
Founder Denise Ritchie said yesterday, before the ban, the
council should have made a stand against allowing the group
"It is astonishing that, in light of the nationwide outcry
and soul-searching that arose over the Roast Busters'
incident, and the sexual callousness of some young men
towards women, Auckland Council is about allow a group that
glorifies rape and rape culture to perform on Council-owned
property and at an `all ages' event.''
Immigration NZ confirmed in a statement that it refused to
allow members of the group to travel to New Zealand.
"The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may
not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or
is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the
"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,'' the
The incident Immigration NZ appears to be referring to was at
a Boston comic shop autograph signing session in 2011.
It was described in local news reports at the time as a
'"near-riot'" with the injured officer treated and released
from hospital for minor injuries after slipping and hurting
One 13 year-old female was arrested for disturbing the peace
after waiting fans became rowdy.
Tyler the Creator has had run-ins with American police since,
being arrested for vandalising a Los Angeles venue's sound
equipment during a show in late 2011.
Odd Future were replacing Kendrick Lamar at Eminem's Auckland
concert set to be held at Western Springs this weekend.
The bill also includes J Cole and David Dallas. Lamar was
unable to make the show, due to an "unavoidable scheduling
Odd Future - which includes a revolving cast of up to nine
rappers - was meant to include feature founding member Tyler,
The Creator, and fellow rappers Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis,
Left Brain, Mike G and Taco Bennett. Earl Sweatshirt, who was
just here for Laneway, wasn't expected to make the trip.
Odd Future were last here in 2012: they were set to perform
at the Big Day Out, but had their performance axed after
complaints their homophobic lyrics encouraged "bullying and
They denied they were homophobic, came anyway and performed
an incendiary sideshow at Auckland's Powerstation the night
before the Big Day Out, before performing all of the
Australian dates without incident.
Complaints about hip-hop acts being homophobic are nothing
new - Rapture's headliner Eminem has faced criticism
throughout his career, most recently for the song Rap God
from last year's album The Marshall Mathers LP II.