Controversial Rapper Tyler, The Creator Addresses The Drama Over His Axed Australian Tour In A New Song.
The hip-hop star cancelled plans to perform Down Under in September (15) amid a row over his visa and a campaign by members of a women's rights group who claimed he should be banned from performing in the country.
They focused the drive on Tyler's controversial lyrics, which have been branded homophobic and misogynistic, but Tyler is convinced he has been targeted because of his skin colour.
In new track F**k It, the rapper suggests Australians are guilty of having double standards because they have let another controversial rapper, Eminem, tour there.
"Tell Australia I'm sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand... Instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack," he raps. "When Marshall (Eminem) had this problem what the f**k was they telling him?... Is it cause of status or his melanin lacks black.. How can I be misogynist... Love t**ties and a**... How can I be homophobic when my boyfriend's a f**".
Caitlin Roper, a representative for Collective Shout, the organisation behind the campaign to ban Tyler from Australia, says of the new track, "While he may have been a young man when he wrote music describing raping women, mutilating their bodies, locking them in his basement and raping their corpses, he's not a child anymore, and he is yet to grow up and take responsibility for what he has put out into the world."
"I'm bummed out because it's like, 'Dude, I'm not homophobic'," Tyler previously told Britain's The Guardian newspaper of the Australian controversy.
"I've said this since the beginning. The 'hating women' thing - it's so nuts. It's based on things I made when I was super-young, when no one was listening (to my music)..."
Tyler's drama came just weeks before another high-profile American artist, Chris Brown, became embroiled in a similar controversy over an Australian tour.
Chris is currently battling to secure a work visa for a planned trip Down Under in December (15) after Australian officials voiced objections because of his assault conviction for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.