Odd Future booted from festival over 'homophobic' lyrics

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Odd Future doesn’t have a very bright future in New Zealand: Billboard is reporting that the notedly controversial hip-hop crew has been booted from the line-up of the Big Day Out music festival’s stop in Auckland, New Zealand, after local activists complained about the group’s homophobic lyrics.

The traveling festival — which hits several cities in Australia and New Zealand in January — was compelled to remove Odd Future after a local activist, Calum Bennachie, took his complaints to the Auckland City Council, which owns the venue, Mt. Smart Stadium, that Big Day Out uses to stage acts. 

“Lyrics such as those played by Odd Future increase the societal discourse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a discourse that encourages bullying and violence,” said Bennachie.

A promoter for Big Day Out, Ken West, however, said that he would organize an Auckland headlining show for the group and said that they will appear at the festival’s Australian dates.

A spokesperson for Odd Future could not be immediately reached for comment.

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