After Tyler, the Creator hurled a string of profanities at feminist protester Talitha Stone during his Sydney, Australia, show Thursday night, she reported the Odd Future frontman to police for verbal abuse and wrote an essay in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper calling out his behavior.
Along with the group Collective Shout, Stone has been petitioning to have Tyler’s Australian visa revoked, pointing out rules against visitors who “vilify or incite discord” and “songs advocating rape and extreme violence against women.” When Stone tweeted Wednesday that she was organizing a protest against Tyler, his fans quickly turned on her.
At the concert the next day, Tyler told his audience there was someone trying to get him kicked out of the country, adding, “I wish she could hear me call her a b—-, too, f—ing whore.” Well, she did: Stone caught the whole (NSFW) rant on video, because she was there.
Stone responded with a column in The Guardian called “Tyler the Creator Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Verbally Abuse Me,” in which she detailed the incident:
Another rapper on stage said: “you really didn’t like her did you Tyler?” To which he replied: “No, the f—ing whore. This is the second time they’ve tried to get me kicked out of Australia. I’m still in Australia, you f—ing whore”. He also said he hoped my children “get some messed up STDs”. At his incitement of violence towards me, the crowd went wild, cheering and pumping their fists. The underaged fans – of which there were many – were groomed into mini “Tyler” behaviour. Rape is funny!
These types of protests are not new for Tyler or Odd Future: The rap collective has come under fire before for their lyrics, including songs that seemingly glorify violence against women or use homophobic slurs. Of course, that homophobic perception of the group appeared to change last year when Odd Future singer Frank Ocean revealed that his first love was a man.
In general, Australia has been reluctant to let U.S. hip-hop artists perform at all. In April, the Movement Festival was canceled because 2 Chainz couldn’t obtain a visa, and then the Superfest Tour with T.I., 50 Cent, and J. Cole was postponed due to venue regulations.