Tyler, The Creator In Visa Dispute In Australia

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June 5, 2013 | 7:25am EST

Tyler, The Creator is at the center of a media storm in Australia as politicians and campaigners rage over the government’s decision to grant the controversial rapper a work visa.
The Odd Future rapper, who has previously been accused of homophobia and misogyny over his edgy lyrics, jetted Down Under this week to begin a tour, but his presence in Australia has infuriated both political figures and women’s rights activists.
Politician Alex Hawke, a member of the Australian House of Representatives, has urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to revoke the star’s right to work in the country, saying, “Allowing this man a visa to promote his misogyny to audiences, including children, is a complete disgrace and an absolute insult to all of us and to women in particular.”
While campaigners at Collective Shout, a movement opposed to the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in popular culture, have spoken out against the decision to let Tyler, the Creator into Australia.
They have written a letter to Brendan O’Connor, Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, asking him to revoke the star’s visa and urged others to voice their concerns to the politician.
The open letter reads, “Tyler the Creator promotes hate speech against women, perpetuating male entitlement to use women’s bodies, to regard women as ‘b**ches’, ‘s**ts’ and ‘h**s’ for their sexual use. Tyler the Creator’s glorification of rape and violence against women could be considered inciting his fans to commit violent crimes against them.
“It is our hope that you would consider the best interests of Australia, including the safety of our female citizens.We ask you to act urgently to revoke Tyler the Creator’s Visa so that he cannot promote his misogynistic attitudes to Australian audiences.”
Supporters of the campaign have also been urged to contact all the venues hosting the rapper’s gigs to voice their disapproval.