Campaign To Ban Tyler The Creator

Anti-violence activist group Collective Shout has written to Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to ban Tyler The Creator’s Cherry Bomb world tour from Australia. 

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Its grounds are that his songs “support violence against women and genital mutilation.” Frontier Touring has him at three shows Down Under Sept. 3-6.

In recent years, Collective Shout tried to ban a 2014 Snoop Dogg visit, pull men’s magazine Zoo from supermarket shelves, and for Australian dancewear stores to stop stocking the product of US label California Kisses (CK) over its ad featuring three models aged 12-16 posing suggestively alongside the slogan “Pop That.” Collective Shout first had Tyler The Creator in its sights before his 2013 visit. At a Sydney show, the act lashed out at Collective Shout member Talitha Stone when he heard she was at the show.

His profanity-laced comments were posed online, and Collective Shout maintains that video led to New Zealand banning him in 2014. In its letter to the minister, the group maintained views expressed in his songs were a danger to the Australian community.