Rapper Tyler, The Creator Has Cancelled His Australian Tour Following A Slew Of Protests From Women's Rights Groups.
Last month (Jul15), the hip-hop star told fans he was having trouble securing a visa for his September (15) dates and blamed a campaign by activists who took aim at him over his controversial lyrics.
He has now pulled the shows, which were scheduled to begin on 3 September (15) in Brisbane, and declared he would rather return to Australia when the furore has died down.
The rapper says in a statement, "We would much rather come to Australia when it isn't surrounded in controversy. I love my fans there and hopefully I'll be back soon. Don't do drugs."
A spokesman for the promoters behind the concerts, Frontier Touring, adds, "Frontier Touring regret to announce the cancellation of the Australian leg of Tyler, The Creator's Cherry Bomb World Tour which was scheduled to begin next month... Frontier Touring sincerely apologises to all those affected by this cancellation. Existing ticketholders are entitled to a refund."
Melinda TankardReist, co-founder of women's rights group Collective Shout, which was behind the campaign to ban Tyler, The Creator from Australia, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Thanks to all who supported our campaign to stop (Tyler The Creator) profiting from anti women hate speech here. He's not coming!"