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Tyler, The Creator and his hip-hop group Odd Future were denied entry into New Zealand on Thursday for being deemed a threat to the public.
Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin cited a 2011 incident in Boston, in which the six group members allegedly instigated attacks against police officers in the city.
Urwin told the Associated Press this wasn’t a “decision we take lightly and not one that happens often.” She continued that their decision to ban the group from entering the country is not because of their controversial lyrics.
"If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand,” she explained.
Odd Future were scheduled to perform with Eminem in Auckland on Saturday night.
Tyler, The Creator took to Twitter to comment on their visas being declined, writing:
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
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) February 13, 2014
Immigration New Zealand has said in an official statement, "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."
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