Immigration: Revoke Tyler the Creator’s Australian Visa

*TRIGGER WARNING* Graphic descriptions of rape and violence against women

[UPDATE] Watch: Collective Shout releases live footage of rap artist’s vicious tirade against young female activist

[UPDATE] Abuse, rape threats, Tyler the Creator fans defend their idol

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Hon. Brendan O’Connor, revoke visa given to Tyler the Creator. 

Rapper ‘Tyler the Creator’ is scheduled to arrive in Australia for a series of concerts beginning on Tuesday 4th of June. Tyler is renowned for his songs advocating rape and extreme violence against women, including murder, genital mutilation, stuffing them into car boots, trapping them in his basement, raping their corpses and burying their bodies.

Here are some of his lyrics (WARNING, GRAPHIC)

“Raquel treat me like my father like a f*ckin’ stranger, She still don’t know I made Sarah to strangle her, Not put her in danger and chop her up in the back of a Wrangler, All because she said no to homecomin’”

“F*ck Mary in her ass.. ha-ha.. yo, I tell her it’s my house, give her a tour, In my basement, and keep that bitch locked up in my storage, Rape her and record it, then edit it with more sh*t”

“You already know you’re dead, Ironic cause your lipstick is red, of course, I stuff you in the trunk”

“You call this sh*t rape but I think that rape’s fun, I just got one request, stop breathin”

“I wanna tie her body up and throw her in my basement, Keep her there, so nobody can wonder where her face went, (Tyler, what you doin’?) Shut the f*ck up, You gon’ f*ckin’ love me bitch, Sh*t, I don’t give a f*ck, your family lookin’ for you, wish ‘em good luck, Bitch, you tried to play me like a dummy, Now you stuck up in my motherf*ckin’ basement all bloody, And I’m f*ckin’ your dead body, your coochie all cummy, Lookin’ in your dead eyes, what the f*ck you want from me?”

“You’ll be down in earth quicker if you diss me tonight, I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest, And fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you…c*nt”

Tyler responds to women who criticise his misogynistic yrics.

Controversial Visa Applicants

Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants refers to “people whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.”

Tyler the Creator promotes hate speech against women, perpetuating male entitlement to use women’s bodies, to regard women as “bitches”, “sluts” and “hoes” 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.

[UPDATE]

Tyler the Creator in firing line in lead-up to Eatons Hill Hotel show

Why are we giving rape-is-fun rapper a platform?

 CALL TO ACTION:

Please URGENTLY email or tweet this letter to Minister Brendan O’Connor.

Minister Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship   website    twitter    facebook

Contact Venues hosting Tyler the Creator here 

 

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101 Comments

  1. Emily
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Tyler has actually done nothing of what he says in his song which i can prove as at the start of his song ‘radicals’ he says “Hey, don’t do anything that I say in this song, okay? It’s fuckin’ fiction / If anything happens, don’t fuckin’ blame me, white America.” So sit down, and let him be. I am a 16 year old girl, i dont take all his lyrics to heart, i went to his brisbane show last night and it was amazing. Your protest outside eatons hill hotel was sloppy and you guys just embarresed yourselfs. Let us kids be, let us listen to our music, you got to listen to your music to when you were kids, now its our time. If you are so against rape and violence against women, why dont you go and protest about taking movies out of cinemas that show rape scenes and murder? If you dont want your kids to listen to him then dont let them. But you have no right to tell every other persons kid they cant listen to him. Your attemt failed to reboke his Visa , no one is listening to you so stop this crap. GOLFWANG!!!!

    • Henke
      Posted 14 Jun ’13 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      The work to stop rapeculture will never end that much I can tell you.
      I can’t but think that when I see women as yourself defending such a man like this Tyler, it just gets as wrong as if people with jewish faith would all of a sudden embrace speeches with Hitler and defending him that “he actually never worked in the camps so he didn’t kill anyone”.

    • Devlin
      Posted 28 Jun ’13 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      You have to be kidding me…
      So he says in a song that he didnt and you are going to take his word? As if he would gloat about that shit.
      The fact that so many people on this site condone his inexcusable lyrics are disgusting. Grow up.
      Even if he hasn’t done any of this, who is he to write songs where acts like this are portrayed in a positive light? And why does rape, murder and necrophilia get paired with love? that is the furthest thing from it. If, for any reason, this pairing consolidates itself in the mind, the repercussions could be insurmountable. I’m not saying that this will happen to a lot of people, but even one is too many. We cannot guarantee that this won’t happen.

    • irahim
      Posted 8 Aug ’13 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      to the 16 year old girl, no one is telling you you cant listen to it. but the problem is that you are not listening to it. you bob your head and have fun dancing with your friends. but if you ever experience something as horrible as that attitude when your saying no and he is saying i dont care about what you think then your attitude would change. the people who are really passionate about this may have or know someone who has or just have the capacity to empathise with others who have been in this situation and understand the statistics 1 in 3 women will suffer some kind of rape or molestation. why don’t you look at the everyday sexism project, the invisible war, misrepresentation.org and realise that this is a problem and that you have beed trained to think its normal. but others fight injustice where they see it. the slaves didn’t free themselves it was the free people who believed that they should be emancipated as equals. i am a 34 yo white male

  2. Fred Wallows
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    God you people are so ignorant. This is going to solve anything, how is getting him kicked out of the country going to do anything? He is one of the most trending people on the internet, and people are going to be exposed to his stuff anyway. Only a tiny portion of people are actually going to his concerts. Do something useful with your lives you sad people, your no worse than Tyler. If you actually listened to his music you would realise the themes of alienation, desertion and depression. He is in no way an activist for rape and murder.

    • Brady
      Posted 15 Jul ’13 at 6:51 am | Permalink

      It’s not about censoring him, it’s about making it known that people are speaking out against his ideas. I think his lyrics are still sexist regardless of whether he commits the acts depicted or even advocates them. Vulgarity is vulgarity.

  3. Alexandera
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    These comments are so obviously made by one person. Nice propaganda machine, collectiveshout. What a bunch of shit

    • Team CS
      Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      Along with an unprecedented number of comments from people all around the country and overseas, supporting our campaign, we have received many, many abusive comments from fans of Tyler. Most are unable to be published due to their abusive, threatening nature. Some comments have been referred to police. We include what we can here as it demonstrates our point about the influence Tyler has on his fans.

  4. Anon
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    You are all a bunch of ignorant soccer mums with nothing better to do during the day then shit like this
    You dont have to listen to any of his music you should take a leaf out of tylers book and do what he advocates when you see/hear something you dont like just look the fuck away turn the music off close the browser fuck

  5. Anon
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    [Edited by admin to add: This comment from the brave "Anon" is an example of the abuse we continue to receive from fans of Tyler the Creator. There are many other examples posted to this page. We have published some of them as they articulate so clearly the impact Tyler has on his followers. Others can't be published and some have been referred to police.]

    I have been listening to tyler for 2 years now and not once have i ever felt like murdering or raping someone because of his lyrics however after reading your one sided propaganda and the fact you ignorantly are trying to deny thousands of people the right to see there favourite performer/hero i feel like murdering and raping you all

  6. Jared
    Posted 10 Jun ’13 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Guess AUS doesnt have freedom of speech laws. sad.

    • irahim
      Posted 8 Aug ’13 at 12:36 am | Permalink

      Jared, that is correct Australia does not have freedom of speech laws, but it does have laws against inciting hate crimes and rape is a crime of utter hatred. and yes it is sad.

  7. Sasha Shepherd
    Posted 11 Jun ’13 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Modern feminism is pretty pathetic. Any organization has a perverse incentive to not achieve it’s goals, because once the goals are achieved, then the organization has no more reason to exist. This is true across the board – drug eradication, ‘cure for cancer,’ war on terror, etc. Case in point, here. Women have won all of the legal protections and equality they have sought for, so now, they have to waste time on this nonsense to pretend they still have a reason to exist as a movement.

    Much of the world badly needs feminism. The Western world does not. This is a good thing – they don’t need it because feminism has largely succeeded. It’s a great thing!

    But if you think you are helping any actual women in the whole world by trying to deport someone for their rap lyrics, I strongly suggest spending time living in the non-western world.

    • Catherine
      Posted 13 Jun ’13 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Exactly! What a luxury it must be if Tyler the Creator is a serious concern of theirs.

  8. Shez
    Posted 12 Jun ’13 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Keep Shouting COLLECTIVE SHOUT! I’m shouting with you! That we have to shout out at all against this, shows how much crisis our society is in – this Tyler dude aggressively incites violence & violation against women .. that our government, public venues, and his ‘fans’ .. accept this ‘artist’ onto our shores – something is so wrong! .. I am in utter disbelief at how non-active our government is about what they claim to support & protect .. I can’t believe our tax dollars seem to account for nothing in this area. And I’m certain if it was an ‘artist’ using the same enthusiasm but in the topic of ‘terrorism’, the government would not remain inactive. Do they support and protect women’s rights actively in this country or not? Or is it only conveniently on or around the 25th of November each year? where is the integrity .. because right now, they are all too silent and perhaps all too politically passive on this issue .. so we must continue collectively shouting all the louder!!!!!

    • thomas
      Posted 13 Jun ’13 at 1:42 am | Permalink

      if it bugs all of you so much just dont listen to his music and dont watch clips from the concert. his music does not appear on radio, his concerts are 18+ anyone whos heard his music hes not actually encouraging rape and no one is inspired to rape anyone after his shows. But if you actually have his visa revoked you wont be saving any womens rights you’ll be limiting and discouraging art an the freedom of speech of 21 year old kid who you could easily ignore and i guess you dont like musical artists visting australia because many American artist love tyler and what hes doing it would be a damn shame to see you block more talent in your country just like another famous musician by the name of eminem

  9. Anon
    Posted 12 Jun ’13 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I cannot believe what these women are trying to pursue, they are limiting of what Australian youth love to see and hear, hes lyrics and acts are apart of songs and tracks that he produces. What he says or does he doesn’t take to a serious sense yet i believe if you girls were young once again and your favourite band was being protested against you would discriminate against them to. Childrens youth nowadays is being taken over and limited like social groups likes yourself, implying that what they are saying and pursuing will actually happen which is false. Grow up women and let the children have their own freedoms and do what they want.

  10. Catherine
    Posted 13 Jun ’13 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Typical feminist ideals from a white privileged stand point. The fact that boycotting a rapper is a pressing issue for your organisation shows that you are completely out of touch with feminism.

  11. Angelica
    Posted 18 Jun ’13 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Girls, how do you back this guy up. He may not promote rape and murder in his actions but he has to be extremely messed up to think its ok to rap about it. No one is right in the head to defend this guy and to think they know “all about him” just because they are fans. Songs tell a lot about the artist themselves and it seems to me and many others that Tyler is a psychopath who really needs some help and needs to learn about equality. Girls stand up for yourselves because you are not objects to be abused and tortured in this manner, stop allowing this guy to control you.

  12. Ainz
    Posted 19 Jun ’13 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    To all of those who defend Tyler, it really breaks my heart that you think it is okay to support a man who writes lyrics based on sick behavior. I am a woman in my 20′s and I cannot believe what I just read.

    People, wake up please! You tell us he is NOT advocating rape or violence, and maybe he isn’t, but I can surely tell you that the details he writes in his lyrics are sick. STOP being vague because believe it or not, there are people out there who hear these lyrics and act them out by mimicking the exact details of rape or violence that this guy sings about.
    Once again, WAKE UP!!! any one who wants to sing about dehumanizing women whether it’s writing these lyrics for the fun of it or not, he has come up with these lyrics and loves singing them. If you haven’t been a victim of violence or abuse, I do not wish it on ANYONE!

  13. Mardi
    Posted 27 Jun ’13 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Honestly I think his lyrics are disgusting. Obviously he thinks about things like this because he’s putting them into songs.

    • coco
      Posted 21 Jul ’13 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Wow….reading all this guy’s supporters has me very confused…why would young women in particular want to hear this abusive stuff? You girls are getting totally sucked into his misogynist, women-degrading ego-trip . Lyrics aren’t meaningless. They have the power to move us, change us and inspire us – what do his lyrics do for you?

  14. Jolanda
    Posted 24 Jun ’14 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Omg Tyler is so hott why would they not let him in Aussie? I thought they were cool their since they have kangaroos and things! Why don’t people like Tyler?! I don’t get it he’s so funny and talented!!

    • Tenielle
      Posted 27 Jun ’14 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Why do you think Australians want to let in a man who raps about raping women, chopping them up, stuffing their dead bodies into car boots and raping their corpses? I’m not getting the ‘funny’ part.

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