On Monday (Aug. 24), Tyler, the Creator shocked fans when he announced he was canceling several European tour dates slated for the end of August.
The rapper was ambiguous about the mysterious “circumstances” surrounding the last-minute cancellations, but he returned to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to clear things up.
Tyler claims he’s been officially banned from entering the U.K. for three to five years because of his lyrics from 2009.
His manager, Christian Clancy, further divulged more details in a lengthy Tumblr post, saying the ban stemmed from official orders from the “secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom.”
According to Clancy, the lyrics in question were from Tyler’s 2009 and 2011 albums Bastard and Goblin, and include content that “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”
Clancy was quick to point out that those are “the type of lyrics [Tyler] hasn’t written since,” and further lamented that Tyler is being beholden to things he said he was 18. In fact, Clancy compared the ban to “punishing growth,” asking, “how do you punish someone for growing up?”
“Is he perfect? Absolutely not,” Clancy continued. “He’s a human evolving like the rest of us, and evolution is a process, not a light switch. I'm not defending his OLD lyrics. To be honest they make me cringe, but I stand beside him because of who he actually IS.”
Tyler still has gigs in Japan and South Korea scheduled for next month, followed by a co-headlining string of dates with A$AP Rocky.